In August, iCivics launched the Equity in Civics Youth Fellowship as part of a collaborative effort with Generation Citizen, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to explore equity as it relates to civic education.
The national program engaged a select group of students from across the country from September 20th through the 22nd for a weekend-long series of meetings and workshops at Georgetown University Law Center. Students engaged in group discussions with the Director of Public Engagement and Government Affairs at the Center for Educational Equity (CEE) at Teachers College, Joe Rogers; learned about playful activism and the digital democracy with Benjamin Stokes of American University Game Lab; and learned important civic advocacy techniques and digital media campaign skills with Young Invincibles and Student Voice.
“Youth voice is absolutely critical to empowering individuals to believe that they matter in our society. Our goal is to elevate the diversity of our students’ perspectives and experiences throughout the entirety of this experience.” Amber Coleman-Mortley iCivics Director of Social Engagement and Fellowship Program Director.
The program is part of a larger Youth As Civic Experts network – a national network of student ambassadors lending their voice on equity and providing feedback to the civic field.
The 12 Equity in Civics Youth Fellows:
A’Niya Bankston (CA), Alexandra Henderson (LA), Felix Calderon (NC), Marcus McNeill (MA), Matthew Green (PA), Moly Kheraz (WI), Natalie Lambert (VA), Nicolle Badillo Velez (PR), Ourania Parastatidis (MA), Viren Mehta (CA), Zarea Boyde (DC), and Zoe Lewis (MO).
Questions about the youth fellowship and student projects, please email ecyf@iCivics.org.