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Learn about GenerationNation, the home of Youth Civics, Youth Voice, Kids Voting, K-12 civic education, #K12in2012 and other programs. Find out how we make a difference and how you can impact our work!

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GenerationNation_EducatingStudents_RaisingCitizens_ BuildingLeaders

  1. 1. Why educate and engage students to succeed - and lead - in their schools, communities and nation?www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  2. 2. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.Giving them a strong foundation in civic values is critical to the vitality of America’s democracy and economy of the 21st century”. - US Department of Education 6th graders view city from mayor’s office Secretary Arne Duncanwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  3. 3. Students need to learn The how, what, when, why and where of civic life Ways their governments and communities work That citizens and leaders can work together Teens weigh in on city, county and CMS priorities at the Youth Leadership Summit to make a differencewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  4. 4. Civic learningHelps students succeed in school, graduate – Public school graduation requirements – Civics & Economics, US History – Civics has multiple applications – Reading, writing, science, history, math, other subjects – Student civic leadership Civic knowledge = life skills – Used daily throughout adulthood – Our future citizens, employees, leaderswww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  5. 5. Today’s studentsStudies show: students aren’t learning – American students know less about civics and history than they do about math, English or science. – More can name the American Idol judges than the 3 branches of government. – Across all demographics, students know even less about local and state government.And it’s not their fault…www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  6. 6. Barriers to learning Education trends – Focus on testing and STEM education Budget cuts – Fewer school, community resources available Learning opportunity gaps – Differences in access and instructionwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  7. 7. Big picture? K-12 civic education impacts everyone • Now and in the future Political climate • Becoming increasingly divisive in our schools, communities and nation – and students are watching Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders • A young generation needs to learn about government, civic participation, leadershipwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  8. 8. GenerationNation Providing the opportunity for K-12 civic education in Charlottewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  9. 9. GenerationNation Helps students in school – Supports K-12 goals: history, civics, reading, writing and more – Programs impact 7,500 classrooms, support academic achievement and narrow learning gaps Builds civic literacy through educational experiences – Directly engages over 100,000 Charlotte-area students in smart, fun, hands-on learning opportunities Develops effective citizens and leaders – Increases 21st century learning – Develops skills used for a lifetimewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  10. 10. GenerationNationFormerly known as Kids Voting Mecklenburg • Annual mock voting event • Launched in 1992 by civic leadersNow: wider impact and vision • Civic learning throughout the year • Government, citizenship, leadershipK-12 civic education, engagement, leadership • Charlotte area and beyondwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  11. 11. GenerationNationEffective and efficient organization501(c)3 nonprofitFunding • Grants • Corporate contributions and business sponsorships • Individual gifts • In-kind donations • Not a United Way or ASC agency90% Programming, 10% Operatingwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  12. 12. GenerationNation1,000 volunteers contribute 7,500+ hours – Active, hands-on Board of DirectorsPartnerships and collaborations • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools • Charlotte Observer • Partners in Out-of-School Time • UNC School of Govt/NC Civic Education Consortium • Local governments • Nonprofits, youth programs, non-public schoolsEducation, youth, government, business, community advisorswww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  13. 13. Civics in Action Combines classroom education with learning experiences for comprehension and impact. It’s the best way for students to learn, increase civic literacy and build leadership!www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  14. 14. YouthCivics Interaction with public officials, government, civic affairs Educates, engages students – Local government – Community issues – Civic leadership – Budget process LOCAL GOVERNMENT – Public service Students learn about CMS, city and county leaders, policies and budgets and – Media and digital literacy see civics in action www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  15. 15. YouthCivics MEDIA LITERACY Charlotte Observer editor Rick Thames explains the First Amendment and how news is reportedwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  16. 16. YouthCivics LAW, SKILLS Superior Court Judge Hugh Lewis assists as a student jury eagerly debates and reaches consensus in a mock trialwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  17. 17. Youth Voice/Leadership Diverse leadership alliance Students meet regularly with officials, civic leaders Collaboratively identify and discuss policies and issues; solution-based approach Build civic leadership, communication skills, confidence Use technology to increase teen access, engagement in YOUTH CIVIC LEADERSHIP civic affairs Students discuss CMS policies with peers and civic leaderswww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  18. 18. Youth Voice/Leadership RAISING VOICES, CITIZENS AND LEADERS Interviewing candidates for At the table to discuss important school board, mayor and county policies and issues and provide a commission on issues important valuable youth perspective in to young people decision-makingwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  19. 19. Youth Voice/Leadership LEARNING, LEADING Exploring civicleadership, policies and decisions withcommunity leaders and through student collaborationwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  20. 20. Kids Voting Election  Annual K-12 mock election – Non-partisan, educational  Students engage in democracy – Learn about offices, candidates, elections and voting – Service-learning  Community-wide participation – 32,000+ in local Election 2011 – 75,000+ in Election 2008www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  21. 21. Election Experience EDUCATING FOR DEMOCRACY Students vote on real candidates and issues; develop knowledge, habits and skillswww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  22. 22. Election Experiencewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  23. 23. Civic Education GenerationNation partners with, is housed at CMS for district-wide involvement and impact • Programs available to all public and non-public schools, home schools, after school and youth programs Easy-to-use activities and resources • Available for 5,000+ local classrooms • Aligned with state and district goals • Leadership, civic participation, government, law, critical-thinking, decision-making, more Learning Center, Classroom Resource Librarywww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  24. 24. Civic Education21st century civic learning – Governments, issues, leaders – Current and historic eventsMulti-disciplinary – History, civics, reading, writing – Aligns civic learning to US, NC and district goalsAge-appropriate topics – Leadership, civic participation, economics, democracy, government, lawwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  25. 25. Civic Education Curriculum partners, experts in the field • NC Civic Education Consortium • Newspapers in Education • C-SPAN • iCivics • Kids Voting USA Locally-developed educational tools using real-life government, civic affairs, news, policies, technology, digital media, case studywww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  26. 26. Teacher supportLeadership and professional development opportunities for 500+ teachers annually • Best practices in 21st century civic learning • Foster leadership and collaboration • Continuing education credits, recommendations • Connects teachers to community, leadershipAligned to district and state objectives including teacher performance criteriawww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  27. 27. We’re educating students and building leaders And there’s still work to be done!www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  28. 28. Why help GenerationNation? Give Charlotte’s students the advantage of K-12 civic education Your financial and volunteer investments – Provide current programs to meet the increasing needs of schools, students and the Charlotte area – Support special projects related to Charlotte’s once- in-a-lifetime civic learning opportunity in 2012 – Build our capacity and fuel our growthwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  29. 29. Charlotte in 2012 2012 is the ideal time to engage students in civic learning and leadership! A once-in-lifetime opportunity for Charlotte’s K-12 students to see, and experience, government, leadership and civics in action • GenerationNation is offering exciting nonpartisan programs and activities to educate and impact over 100,000 K-12 students, and the adults around them, in Charlotte plus region, NC and US • Partnership opportunities available to meet your organization’s educational, community relations, marketing or philanthropic goalswww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  30. 30. How you can help  Connect your school or organization  Volunteer to help us educate students and build young civic leaders, or serve on a committee or the Board of Directors  Invest critical financial or in-kind resources to make K-12 civic education a reality for Charlotte’s studentswww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  31. 31. Connect  GenerationNation – 704-343-6999 – info@generationnation.org – www.generationnation.org – www.facebook.com/generationnation – www.linkedin.com/company/generationnation – www.twitter.com/GenNation  Leadership – Julian Wright, Chair – Amy Farrell, Executive Directorwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  32. 32. www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation

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