Bridging the gap between Pace students and NYC Public Schools
Generation Citizen at Pace University is a chapter of Generation Citizen ("The Organization"), which encourages the student body of Pace University ("The University") to be active citizens, by giving back to local communities throughout the New York metro area. In doing so, we urge students to apply for a non-paid position as either a Democracy Coach or a Civic Ally. Applications to become a Democracy Coach are open at the beginning of the semester, and we accept Civic Ally applications throughout the year.
In Spring 2011, Scott Warren – founder of Generation Citizen – recruited a small group of “Mentors” (now "Democracy Coaches") at The University to teach in New York City public schools, an innovative Civics Action program he had developed. As The Organization evolved from Rhode Island to New York City, Generation Citizen began to advance at The University in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, managed by staff from The Organization. In Fall 2012, Ann Marie Pavia became the first student at The University to take ownership. The following semester a complete board was elected as the chapter continued to grow.
In Fall 2013, Ann Marie Pavia (Chapter Executive Director, Fall 2013) and Shyam Nooredeen (Education Director, Fall 2013) inducted the chapter as a student organization on the New York City campus through the Ofiice of Student Development and Campus Activities.
Generation Citizen strengthens our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to solve problems in their own communities through a rigorous action-civics course. Semester-long programs are led by a partnership between trained college-student volunteers and secondary school teachers.
Students focus on issues and topics that are relevant to their lives and employ critical-thinking and strategic decision-making skills to effect positive change in their communities. Generation Citizen’s goal is for every student to experience a “moment of empowerment” where they see firsthand the strength of their voice and commitment and recognize their responsibility to be effective and engaged citizens.
Generation Citizen currently involves over 300 Democracy Coaches across 17 campuses in Boston, Providence, New York City, and the Bay Area. We are looking to grow our movement of active young people both on current and new campuses in an effort to double our impact nationally and become the largest, most effective, and most influential civics education organization in the nation.