WHAT: Generation Citizen is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people as agents of political change in their own communities. We place college student volunteers - called "Democracy Coaches" - into local middle and high school classrooms, to help youth take action on a community issue of their choice.
Classes have worked on issues ranging from affordable housing and police-community relations, to public transit and school discipline policy. Democracy Coaches commit to roughly 4 to 6 hours per week, including in-class teaching (2 hours), weekly check-in meetings on campus (1 hour), and independent lesson planning time (1-3 hours).
WHEN: Democracy Coaches visit their classroom twice per week for a semester, teaching Generation Citizen's innovative in-class curriculum. Volunteer placements are flexible and based on volunteers' schedules and location, and happen during the school day (8:00am - 4:00pm).
WHERE: In Spring 2017, Democracy Coaches will be matched with middle and high school classrooms in the school districts of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. Democracy Coaches work with one classroom and teacher for the semester.
WHO: Generation Citizen is looking for passionate undergrads (or graduate students) who believe we can strenghten our democracy by empowering young people to take real action in the political process. Current Democracy Coaches come from UC Berkeley, Mills College, St. Mary's College of California, San Francisco State, University of San Francisco and City College of San Francisco.
WHY: Democracy Coach volunteers have the opportunity to gain exceptional experience in classroom teaching, community organizing, project management, networking and public speaking. Democracy Coaches are also invited to apply to campus leadership positions with their college after serving one semester in a classroom.
HOW: Learn more and apply online at www.generationcitizen.org. For more info, email Caitlin Paul, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No prior teaching experience necessary. Generation Citizen provides training and ongoing support throughout the semester. GC will also cover transportation costs for volunteers as needed.
- Public Speaking
- People Skills
- Youth Services
- Teaching / Instruction
- Project Management
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 17
- Orientation or Training
- 4-6 hours per week
- Must be a current or recent college student who can volunteer in San Francisco or the East Bay.