Generation Citizen

For Field Building To Advance Democracy Education

  • Amount
    $250,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    4/28/2016
  • Term
    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Strategies
Overview
Generation Citizen promotes civics education for all U.S. students and convenes a broad set of organizations focused on promoting civic education in K-12 schools. Generation Citizen will engage in a field-building strategy, including researching effective strategies from other disciplines, organizing and hosting national convening among diverse stakeholders, analyzing the landscape of existing assets, conducting relevant research reports, and directly engaging young people as leaders. Building demand for effective civic education through deeper learning among a wide array of stakeholders, including philanthropists, educators, and policymakers, will support young people's civic participation.
About the Grantee
Address
175 Varick Street, FL5
New York , NY 10024
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
As part of the second round of the partnership with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation on PropelNext, we are recommending grants to five organizations supporting underserved youth in the Bay Area: Enterprise for Youth, Generation Citizen, Oakland Leaf, Safe Passages, and ScriptEd. Another seven organizations in the Bay Area will also be participating; Heising-Simons Foundation, a new co-investor in this partnership, will support two; the Packard Foundation will support three; and the Sobrato Foundation will support two. These organizations were selected after a thorough due diligence process, which included external reviewers. As part of their participation in the three-year PropelNext program, these organizations will receive funding, training, coaching sessions, and peer learning sessions — all intended to support organizations in developing a theory of change for their program, and build stronger data-driven, performance-based cultures and systems. An evaluation of the first cohort of PropelNext participants showed positive results, suggesting that this approach is a promising one. Of the five organizations we recommend, two are based in Oakland, one in San Francisco, and two are national organizations with San Francisco offices. They serve a range of youth — including those living in disadvantaged communities or attending under-resourced schools. They help in a variety of ways, including through individualized support and coaching, school-based supports, connections to employment, and skill-building. We hope that participation in PropelNext will help strengthen these organizations to more regularly use data to improve performance and inform learning across their organizations — ultimately improving outcomes for underserved youth in the Bay Area.

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