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GenerationNation

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Year Founded:
1992
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Amy Farrell
Main Address:
PO Box 31365
Charlotte, NC 28231

What We Do

GenerationNation develops a new generation of civic leaders. Through a combination of K-12 classroom education and real-life experiences that help to narrow civic learning gaps, students build civic literacy, becoming civic leaders who:

- Know first-hand how their governments and communities work
- Understand and can discuss civic issues and different points of view
- Can intelligently find and use news and civic information
- Build social capital, knowledge, and experience for active civic leadership and problem-solving, now and for the future

GenerationNation programs combine K-12 education and real-life experiences that help to narrow civic learning gaps, and include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Student Advisor to the school board, Kids Lead, student mock election ("Kids Voting"), K-12 civic literacy curriculum, teacher support, and other initiatives that build civic literacy and leadership from an early age.

GenerationNation is the only Charlotte organization providing this service to local K-12 students. Nearly 1 million Charlotte-Mecklenburg students have built and applied civic knowledge and skills through GenerationNation programs. Launched in 1992 by the Charlotte Observer, CMS, and other community stakeholders as a mock election event called Kids Voting, in the early 2000s our organization led local efforts for the NC Civic Index, and with resulting stakeholder feedback and support, our organization expanded our work to become GenerationNation in 2011-12. GenerationNation now works year-round through expanded programming and deeper impact.

Interesting Info

GenerationNation is a recipient of the American Civic Innovation Award.
Student leaders from every high school come together to lead, learn, and serve in GenerationNation youth programs.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council is the official student advisory council for CMS, City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and GenerationNation.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council
Repeats every day until Wed Apr 06 2022.
Friday, May 7th, 2021
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Classroom/Youth Speaker
Repeats every day until Thu Aug 12 2021.
Friday, May 7th, 2021
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GenerationNation Teacher Lead
Repeats every day until Wed May 04 2022.
Friday, May 7th, 2021
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Upcoming Events

Celebrate Student Leadership May 19, 2021 -
5:15pm to 6:30pm
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Meet a new generation of civic leaders June 10, 2021 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
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