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Why educate and engage students to    succeed - and lead - in their schools,               communities and nation?www.Gene...
“Today’s students are   tomorrow’s leaders. Giving them a strong foundation in  civic values is critical to the vitality  ...
Students need to learn  Civic literacy          • Government, law, democracy, leadership  Civic skills (life skills)    ...
Essential for workplace    Many Mecklenburg County top 20 employers     are government or public agencies            • Fe...
Kids need to learn more   Less than 25% of students are proficient      – Examples of skills demonstrated by students per...
Barriers to civic learning  Education trends       – Focus on testing and STEM education  Budget cuts       – Fewer scho...
GenerationNation        Providing the opportunity for K-12 civic education in Charlottewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook...
GenerationNation   Helps students in school      – Supports K-12 goals: Common Core, history, civics, more      – Program...
GenerationNation  Formerly known as Kids Voting Mecklenburg          • Annual mock voting event          • Launched in 19...
GenerationNation1,000 volunteers contribute 7,500+ hours    – Active, hands-on Board of DirectorsPartnerships and collab...
Civics in Action                 Combines classroom education with learning experiences           for comprehension and im...
YouthCivics Interaction with public  officials, government,  civic affairs Educates, engages teens    –   Local governme...
YouthCivics   MEDIA LITERACY    Charlotte Observer    editor Rick Thames     explains the First   Amendment and how     ne...
YouthCivics                                                                 LAW, SKILLS                                   ...
Youth Voice/Leadership   Diverse leadership alliance   Students meet regularly with    officials, civic leaders   Colla...
Youth Voice/Leadership                  RAISING VOICES, CITIZENS AND LEADERS         Interviewing candidates for          ...
Youth Voice/Leadership   LEARNING,    LEADING    Exploring civic leadership, policies  and decisions with community leader...
Kids Voting Election   Annual K-12 mock election       – Non-partisan, educational   Students engage in democracy       ...
Election Experience    EDUCATING FOR DEMOCRACY Students vote on real candidates and issues;    develop knowledge, habits a...
Election Experiencewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
Civic Education    GenerationNation partners with, is housed at     CMS for district-wide involvement and impact         ...
Teacher support  Leadership and professional development   opportunities for 500+ teachers annually          • Best pract...
We’re educating students and                     building leaders            And there’s still work to be done!www.Generat...
Why help GenerationNation?  Give Charlotte’s students the advantage of K-12   civic education  Financial and volunteer i...
How you can help   Connect your school or organization   Volunteer to help us educate students and        build young ci...
Connect     GenerationNation        –   704-343-6999        –   info@generationnation.org        –   www.generationnation...
www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
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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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  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 Civic literacy • Government, law, democracy, leadership Civic skills (life skills) • Civic leadership and participation • Problem-solving • Reading/analyzing information • Clearly communicating a position • Making good decisions • Discussing issues with civilitywww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  4. 4. Essential for workplace Many Mecklenburg County top 20 employers are government or public agencies • Federal, local and state government • Hospitals, universities, government agencies  Remainder are in industries regulated by government, impacted by public policy/legislation - Energy - Retail - Finance - Telecommunications - Healthcare - Transportationwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  5. 5. Kids need to learn more  Less than 25% of students are proficient – Examples of skills demonstrated by students performing at this level: • Grade 4 - Identify the purpose of the U.S. Constitution • Grade 8 - Recognize 1 role performed by the Supreme Court • Grade 12 - Identify the effect of U.S. foreign policy in the world  Less than 5% have advanced knowledge – Examples of skills demonstrated by students performing at this level: • Grade 4 - Explain 2 ways countries can deal with shared problems • Grade 8 - Name 2 actions citizens can take to lobby Congress • Grade 12 - Compare U.S. and foreign citizenship requirements Source: 2010 National Civics Assessment (NAEP)www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  6. 6. Barriers to civic 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. GenerationNation Providing the opportunity for K-12 civic education in Charlottewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  8. 8. GenerationNation  Helps students in school – Supports K-12 goals: Common Core, history, civics, more – Programs impact 5,000 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 – Builds 21st century knowledge and skills – Develops skills used for a lifetimewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. YouthCivics Interaction with public officials, government, civic affairs Educates, engages teens – Local government – Community issues – Civic leadership – Budget process – Public service LOCAL GOVERNMENT – Media and digital literacy Students learn about CMS, city and county leaders, policies and budgets and see civics in actionwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Youth Voice/Leadership LEARNING, LEADING Exploring civic leadership, policies and decisions with community leaders and through student collaborationwww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. Election Experiencewww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  21. 21. 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 • Standards-based: aligned with state and district goals • Interdisciplinary activities about leadership, civic participation, government, law, critical-thinking, decision-making, more Learning Center, Classroom Resource Librarywww.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. We’re educating students and building leaders And there’s still work to be done!www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
  24. 24. Why help GenerationNation? Give Charlotte’s students the advantage of K-12 civic education Financial and volunteer investments – Provide current programs to meet 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
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. www.GenerationNation.org | facebook.com/GenerationNation | twitter.com/GenNation
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