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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Sylvia Rousseau

Scott Warren

20 March 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The educational system in the United States prioritizes individual student success over the common civic good. But schools and organizations are bringing back civics education by creating democratic learning environme...

The New York Times

Farah Stockman

3 March 2018

United States

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Universities are using competitions, music, and prizes to encourage civic engagement among students. Efforts are aided by a national study that allows schools to see how many of their students voted either locally or ...

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Odette Chalaby

20 November 2017

Liberia

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Liberia is a country that has suffered from over a decade of civil war, as well as government corruption. New female-led government leadership has created the President’s Young Professionals Program that has enrolled ...

Le Soir

Elodie Blogie

24 June 2017

Brussels, Belgium

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Based off the Dutch initiative IMC Weekendschool, TADA is a program in Brussels, Belgium that helps younger kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods learn about different career paths. The weekend workshops expose childr...

Bright Magazine

Patricia Alex

24 April 2017

United States

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Women are underrepresented in elected positions, and with Trump being elected after being heard describing women in poor taste, this has only become more of a concern. Programs such as Elect Her and IGNITE are trying ...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Olivera Perkins

9 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A correlation exists in Cuyahoga County between the idle youth rate -- base on teens who are neither working nor in school -- and the youth violence rate, according to an analysis done for The Plain Dealer by Claudia ...

The Guardian

Sandra Larson

31 March 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston’s Youth Lead the Change engages young people in municipal decision-making by putting them in charge of determining how one million dollars is spent every year. Participants learn how city government works, subm...

IndyStar

Suzette Hackney

27 December 2015

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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A nonprofit in Indianapolis diverts kids from the juvenile justice system by using a teen court where first-time offenders admit their guilt to a jury made up of fellow students rather than going through suspension or...

EdSource

John Fensterwald

5 May 2015

San Jose, California, United States

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In response to youth calling for greater say in how California schools spend money, Overfelt High School allowed students to decide how to spend $50,000 of the school’s discretionary funding. Principal Vito Chiala ref...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

28 April 2015

San Bernardino, California, United States

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San Bernardino's Generation Now, a diverse group of young adults, is injecting their city with a boost of civic action through organizing local people at forums and increasing voter turnout at the polls. From rehabili...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

16 March 2015

Fresno, California, United States

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Located in downtown Fresno, Kepler Neighborhood School is raising the city's next generation of informed citizens. Through a service learning model, students regularly engage with local businesses and leaders and comp...

Zócalo Public Square

Matt Cohen

Daniel Schugurensky

11 March 2015

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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When Bioscience High School put students in charge of a portion of its discretionary budget, nearly the entire student body participated in deciding how to spend the money. The experiment in participatory democracy un...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

28 February 2015

Armenia, Colombia

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In Colombia, students in classrooms make decisions democratically. The result has been higher rates of student involvement and achievement.

The New Yorker

Rebecca Mead

15 January 2015

Mexico

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KidZania is a theme park in a dozen countries where kids engage in different types of work, ranging from working on a car assembly line to putting out fake fires with real water and examining a doll’s teeth as a denti...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

20 December 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Crises and problems are well-covered in the media. When the media focuses instead on organizations that are doing social good, it has a better effect because then these organizations are more likely to receive support...

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