WHO WE ARE: Generation Citizen is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people as agents of political change in their own communities.
WHAT WE DO: 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 brutality, to public transit and immigration 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 action civics curriculum. Volunteer placements are flexible and based on volunteers' schedules and location, and happen during the school day (7:45am - 4:00pm).
WHERE: Democracy Coaches will be matched with middle and high school classrooms in the school districts of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. Any transportation costs can be covered by stipends.
WHO: Generation Citizen is looking for passionate undergrads (or graduate students) who believe we can strengthen 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, and the University 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 for 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 Sally Ching, Senior Program Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No prior teaching experience necessary. Generation Citizen provides training and ongoing support throughout the semester.
- Problem Solving
- Project Management
- Public Advocacy
- Youth Services
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- 4-6 hours a week