Education for Civic Life and Work

Our Promise 

Every student should be equipped for success in the global workforce, enabled to participate in the democratic process, and equipped to raise their voice in public life. This empowerment comes through stage-appropriate learning experiences that encompass their culture, democracy, and history. We champion education that not only imparts knowledge but also nurtures active, informed, and engaged young people. 

The Problem 

2.7

times more per person

invested in incarceration than in education in the United States of America

13

states

lack a mandatory civics course

7

states

require no government or civics education

This imbalance negatively impacts our educational system. In 2022, the nation witnessed a drastic decline in math scores among 4th and 8th graders, the most severe drop since the initiation of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 1990.

Our Policy Path 

We champion policies that pave the way for inclusive, equitable education. Our advocacy spans various critical areas, ensuring every young person has the opportunity to thrive. Policymakers are urged to uphold the historic mission of public education, creating informed, engaged generations. Our focus areas include: 

Positive Youth Development: Fostering holistic growth and resilience in young individuals. 

Civics Education: Revitalizing civics education, starting from middle school, to nurture active citizenship. 

Workforce Development: Creating pathways for meaningful employment through skills and job readiness. 

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Embracing diverse perspectives and inclusive teaching methods. 

Equitable Education Funding Formulas: Amending state funding systems to rectify disparities, ensuring fair support for marginalized districts. 

Our Moonshot Generational Commitment

Universal, public, quality pre-K for all young people beginning at three years old.

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