Creating Ecosystems for Civic Engagement for Youth


In an age of polarized politics, partisan battles over how schools teach our country’s history of racism highlight the critical role education plays in shaping the mindsets of young people and how they perceive their role in our democracy. How then can we help schools and communities proactively create spaces where young people understand current events, experience their power to drive change, and learn to work together as civically-engaged leaders to build a more equitable future for all?

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  1. How to engage young people and create spaces where they feel empowered to make a difference and drive social change.
  2. How to help young people explore opportunities for civic engagement and define what it means to them.
  3. How to help young people learn to work with people of different backgrounds toward a more just society, including through national service.



Heather Walsh, Sr. Communications Manager, City Year

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  • Tags: student voice, social justice
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: Equity & Justice
  • Session Focus Area K-12 Education
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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