I recently joined the board of Generation Citizen — a dynamic non-profit empowering young people to lead community change. Generation Citizen (GC) works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens. GC’s core program is an innovative in-class curriculum in which students work with community leaders to fix our community’s biggest problems. Through this real-world experience, our teens are building an active democracy.
A GC student project was highlighted just last week as Mayor Walsh and BPS announced a new pilot program — Too Good For Drugs — a school-based substance abuse prevention program for seventh graders that was initiated and driven by a GC team of seventh graders. It was launched at the McCormick and will be installed in seventh grade courses across the district to promote positive social skills and character. Here are links to the press release and Boston.com piece.
How can you help?
GC is hosting a trivia night on April 9 – you can participate as an individual or bring a team.
“Trivia for ChangeMakers is a great way to test your trivia chops and learn more about GC at the same time. It is also trivia with a twist – your team will get a chance to help out real GC students as a part of the event,” said Gillian Pressman, Greater Boston Site Director at Generation Citizen.
Here are some details:
TRIVIA FOR CHANGEMAKERS: Thursday, April 9th, 6:30pm-9:00pm, The Wild Rover (61 Chatham Street, Faneuil Hall) It’s trivia… that goes beyond the trivial. Every point you earn at Trivia for ChangeMakers will help a local classroom of Generation Citizen young people create change on a pressing community problem. Gather your friends and colleagues and test your trivia mettle against 20 teams representing Boston’s brainiest companies. Can your company earn the ChangeMaker’s Cup?
For details, click here.
Microsoft is bringing a team – hope to see you there!
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