What We Do
GenerationNation develops a new generation of civic leaders.
GenerationNation programs provide students the opportunity to build civic literacy and leadership from an early age and include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council, Youth Lead Charlotte-Mecklenburg, “Kids Voting” student election, K-12 civic literacy curriculum, teacher civic leadership development, and other initiatives.
GenerationNation reaches thousands of students annually. Students regularly interact with public officials and civic leaders, engage in local government and civic dialogues, experience the election process, learn about and apply knowledge to solve community issues, meet and collaborate with youth from other schools and diverse backgrounds, participate in service-learning, and more. GenerationNation students become informed and engaged leaders who know first-hand how their governments and communities work, understand civic issues and different points of view, can intelligently use news and information, are ready to take an active role in civic problem-solving, and join a diverse network of young civic leaders.
Launched in 1992 as an annual mock election event, GenerationNation now works year-round to ensure that diverse Charlotte-Mecklenburg students have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience they need to become informed, engaged, and effective civic leaders.