America is at a crossroads. We are alienated from civic engagement, and our democracy is in doubt. Yet there is a new energy in the air. Young people are again taking up the role they've often held: as leaders of change, demanding a better future, wielding their votes to uphold democracy and lead the country forward.
Enter Generation Citizen, an organization dedicated to empowering youth through revitalizing civics education across America. Since its beginnings in 2009 during CEO and cofounder Scott Warren's senior year at Brown, Generation Citizen has grown to become one of the preeminent civics education organizations in the country.
Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics details Warren's political awakening alongside stories of how young people have always been the instruments of political change. Generation Citizen is also a practical guide, providing concrete steps to jump-start an engagement with politics and rekindle our love of democracy. Through interviews with students and historical portraits of young people who have enacted great political change - from the civil rights movement to the election of Ronald Reagan to #BlackLivesMatter and the Parkland students' standing up to gun violence - Generation Citizen shows that time and again, it is the young people who lead the way to change.
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Kids are the Future
Why are civic engagement and education important in a child's life? Scott Warren has a unique perspective to share as a young person who grew up all over the globe. Yet he is simply a down-to-earth self deprecating human being who knows that all kids can grow can play an active, important role in improving our political future. He has applied his substantial accumulated knowledge and connections to develop Generation Citizen, highly thought of organization for high school students in the USA. He also makes it clear that civic engagement and education are not often being provided in our schools' curriculum and daily lives.
Warren weaves in many historical stories of people who could have seen themselves as powerless but by taking a stance, showed their power. Some I know and some details of well known stories were added. And he tells his own endearing story throughout the book. The book is well-read to us by Graham Halstead who, one could imagine, might sound much like Scott Warren so it feels authentic in the telling.
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