One Nonprofit that Is Making Our Youth's Voices Heard in Our Democracy

TUGG Portfolio Nonprofit Generation Citizen Ensures that All Students Can Participate in Our Democracy

Today is Election Day and while many of us can't wait for this election to be over, it's good to take a moment to celebrate how our youth can impact change in our political system. Today we want to highlight one of our nonprofits that works to provide young people with the tools necessary to participate in our democracy, encouraging them to use the their voices as a catalyst for change.

 Through action-oriented civics education programming, Generation Citizen (GC) works to ensure our kids, particularly those in under-resourced communities, have the knowledge and skills to participate in our democracy as active citizens. 

GC  inspires civic participation by giving students the opportunity to experience real-world democracy. Through student-driven projects, young people learn how to effect policy change by engaging with local government and leaders to solve community problems. Everything from calling their local senator to writing petitions to their city council. 

Most recently, on Saturday they hosted their 2016 Civic Tech Challenge Hackathon where students and technologists created data visualizations, digital storytelling tools, and information communication technologies that helped the students advance change on key community issues like violence, homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse.

GC's awards reception this Thursday will highlight each team’s work, as they present their ideas to event honoree Diane Hessan (chairman of C Space), a judging panel of Greater Boston’s top civic leaders (TUGG included!), and 250+ local innovators. Tickets are still available if you're interested in supporting their great work. After you hear these students, we guarantee you will leave feeling inspired about the future of our nation!

In addition to their Civic Tech Challenge programming, GC will also be the beneficiary of proceeds from TUGG's Tech Trivia Night this coming Wednesday. Hope to see you there and happy voting!