Charlotte's students need to understand how their governments and communities work, and how and why they can aspire to make a difference. Current events, education trends, and learning opportunity gaps make that task more difficult - and more important than ever.
They - and you - should care. Today's students will become the leaders of our schools, communities, businesses, and nation. What and how they learn NOW matters.
GenerationNation educates K-12 students to lead. Smart, fun programs connect classroom activities with hands-on experiences to build civic literacy and leadership from an early age.
GenerationNation reaches thousands of students annually through smart, fun programs that connect classroom learning with hands-on experiences to build civic literacy and leadership from an early age and narrow learning opportunity gaps.
GenerationNation's learning opportunities include educational sessions, dialogues, service-learning, field trips, and other hands-on experiences. Students regularly interact with public officials and civic leaders, engage in local government, learn about and apply knowledge to solve community issues, and meet and collaborate with youth from other schools and backgrounds.
Nearly 1 million Charlotte students have built civic literacy knowledge and skills through GenerationNation programs. Launched in 1992 as an annual mock election event, GenerationNation was named Kids Voting until late 2011.
Over the past 5 years, GenerationNation has worked with educators and other community stakeholders to launch new programming to educate and engage young citizens and leaders 365 days a year.
The first phase of GenerationNation's expanded work has targeted high school students. Future strategies will expand opportunities for K-8 students, program alumni, and teachers.
GenerationNation directly engages students in hands-on experiences to narrow learning opportunity gaps and build civic literacy and leadership knowledge, interests, and skills.
Learning opportunities enable students to interact with and discuss issues with community leaders, learn about and apply knowledge to solve community issues, and meet and collaborate with youth from other schools and backgrounds, while building skills and knowledge for college, career, and civic life. Students increase knowledge and interests about government, civic issues, public policy, news/current events, voting, and volunteering, and skills and behaviors such as leadership, decision-making, collaboration, analysis, communications, public speaking, confidence, and more.
In the classroom, GenerationNation helps K-12 teachers to easily and effectively integrate civic literacy across the curriculum.
Compared with peers, GenerationNation participants are more likely to demonstrate civic leadership, civic engagement, and civic/news literacy as they move into college, career, and civic life.
Compared with data from CIRCLE, Pew Research, and NC Civic Index.
We’re educating students and building leaders – and there’s still work to be done. Mentor a student. Connect your school or organization. Join a youth program. Volunteer. Contribute.