Citizen Redefined

Citizen Redefined: Developing Ourselves, Developing Democracy

How do we help young people embrace and embody the role they must play in achieving a strong, healthy democracy that works for everyone? What skills are needed to help them become active citizens—and how can we help them commit for a lifetime? We’re tackling these questions in our newest program: Citizen Redefined.

Citizen Redefined is a civic and moral formation program for teenagers. It’s a space to learn about—and practice—the attitudes and behaviors of strong citizenship. Through our training program, we equip adults across the country with a twelve-part curriculum designed to help young people build civic skills and deepen their connection to their role as citizens, to one another, and to their community. A culminating Civic Confirmation rite-of-passage ceremony marks the movement of these young people into civic adulthood.

 


 

Citizen Redefined groups are led by mentors around the country. One of the most powerful things you can do to support democracy is model and inspire a life of active citizenship in others. We are looking for a wide range of people who work with youth to join the program. Sign up for our email list to learn how you can plug in!

 


 

We are currently training our first pilot group of Citizen Redefined mentors. After we test-drive this program with them, we anticipate launching our next cohort later this year.

 

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The Goal of Citizen Redefined

Reviving faith in democracy—and building the commitment to tackle challenges facing our country—takes more than just knowledge of how a bill becomes a law. It requires curiosity, mutuality, and responsibility.

By equipping young people with the skills and practices of powerful, responsible citizenship, we are forming the building blocks of a strong civic culture—leading to a stronger democracy.

Citizen Redefined gives young people the chance to reflect, reckon, and redefine. Through the program they will…

• Reckon with moral tensions in American history and strengthen their own capacity for moral reflection.

• Make sense of the current state of our democracy and define for themselves what it means to live with civic character.

• Practice building civic power and take responsibility for the greater good.

With ritual and reflection, grappling and growing, this is a civic coming-of-age experience. We envision young people in all corners of the country deepening their civic character and flexing their civic muscles to build a nation that lives up its creed: freedom, justice, and opportunity for all.

 


 

Training Mentors Across the Nation

MentorsOur Citizen Redefined mentor training is for adults across the country who are searching for deeper ways to equip young people with the skills and practices of powerful citizenship—along with an understanding of why it’s important. We work with people from a variety of backgrounds who already are experienced youth leaders, such as program facilitators, teachers, supplemental educators, librarians, and coaches.

We’re currently training our first group of mentors — sign up for our Citizen Redefined email list to learn more about future mentor training openings!

As a mentor, you’ll participate in our experiential training and dig into the Citizen Redefined curriculum with a group of peers. Then you’ll organize and lead small groups of students using the Citizen Redefined curriculum as a guide. This might look like one session a week, two sessions a month, or maybe even an immersive camp-like experience—the choice is yours.

 


 

A Great Civic Revival

We envision a great civic revival across our nation. The more young people engage in the self-discovery and practices taught through this program, the more equipped and energized this rising generation will be to actively uphold and work towards the ideals that bind us together: freedom, justice, and opportunity for all.