Today young people feel that older generations and the government have ignored them and failed them, and because of it, they are not well positioned for their futures.

© Civics Unplugged 2019

They have called out the "B.S.," said they don't want our virtue signaling," or our "thoughts and prayers." They want our action. They need our support. And it's time we listen, make them part of the process,  and work with . them on developing the tools to help them lead and succeed.

Government funding toward education and other issues they care most abpout - climate cange, mental health - continues to decline. Imperative lessons on how to succeed in a post-high school world are not being taught.  Students feel the anxiety about falling behind. They feel the pressure of not succeeding.

WE BELIEVE
THE KIDS
WILL LEAD

In 2020 we are taking action and bringing together civic-minded young people for a 4-month extracurricular program, administered across the country, that culminates in 3-day convention in Washington D.C. in Summer 2020.

CIVICS EDUCATION WORKS

  SOME HARD TRUTHS
Only 26% of Americans can name all three branches of government.
23% of 8th graders perform at or above the proficient level on the NAEP civics exam (achievement levels have stagnated since 1998.)
National average AP U.S. government exam score is 2.64, which is at the bottom of all average AP exam scores.

Only 9 states (and D.C.) require one year of U.S. government or civics.

0 states have experiential learning or local problem-solving components in their civics requirements.

CIVICS EDUCATION WORKS

When civics education is taught effectively, it can equip students with the knowledge, skills, and the disposition necessary to become informed and engaged citizens.
States with the highest rates of youth civic engagement tend to prioritize civics courses and AP U.S. government in their curricula.**

For instance, Colorado’s only statewide graduation requirement is the satisfactory completion of a civics and government course. Colorado’s civic education program is seen as a success and may contribute to youth voter participation and volunteerism, which is slightly higher than the national average.

THE CU CURRICULUM

   Personal development and self mastery.

   Citizen rights, responsibilities, and roles.

   How to network and coalition build.
  4   Social entrepreneurship and systems change.

 91% 

 of middle school students say “succeed in the world outside of school” is what motivates them to do well at school. 
 Youth civic engagement in the form of volunteering, voting, protesting and activism is associated with higher educational attainment and income levels in adulthood. 
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