WE CREATE

CIVIC INNOVATORS

TRAILBLAZERS

DREAM CHASERS

We equip future leaders with the training, funding, and  community they need to become civic innovators.

Civic Innovator

Noun
Community focused leaders who build novel solutions to well defined societal problems.

How we do it:

Civics Unplugged has built an ecosystem dedicated to training, funding, and connecting young people who are using new approaches to solving issues in democracy, climate, our lives online, and so much more.

Fellowship

A free, 3-month leadership program that dives deep into personal development, systems thinking, civics, and new technologies that can be used to solve societal issues.

Learn About the Fellowship

Community

Fellowship graduates enter a community where they can access funding, mentorship, and a network to support their personal development or launch initiatives.

Explore our Alumni Community

Labs

Alongside our Fellows, we incubate new programs, content, and fund technology that pushes the boundaries of civic education for youth – and impact the world.

Check out the CU Labs

APPLICATIONS
NOW OPEN

Our Fellows

Civics Unplugged looks for community minded, forward thinking, and entrepreneurial young people.

350

Fellows per Cohort

2500+

Alumni

11%

Acceptance Rate

Our Alumni

We look for exceptional young people from across the globe. Fellows go on to attend top universities, secure competitive internships, and obtain funding from CU to launch projects that impact hundreds of thousands globally.

74%

Young Women

74%

People of Color

40%

First Gen
College Students

ALL 50 STATES
& 74 COUNTRIES

See our stories.

Joleen Wong

"Civics Unplugged has broadened my perspective on events, people, and life in general. I live in a rather small bubble, and so connecting with fellows across the world reminded me to take into account multiple situations and views before acting."

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Fall '22

Aaron Piando

"CU has prompted me to look deep into my desires and skills to future cast and identify what careers I can pursue, what lifestyle I want to achieve, and what my definition of success looks like. With this, CU empowered me and made me feel unstoppable."

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Spring '21

Arpita Singh

"At Civics Unplugged, I met amazing people, many of whom I'm lucky enough to call very close friends. I've developed such close relationships with my peers that I honestly cannot imagine my life without their support."

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Fall '22

Dariel Cruz-Rodriguez

"Civics Unplugged is a second home for me. I often find myself most comfortable in the CU Community, where I've met lifelong friends and mentors. The Fellowship also gave me long lasting opportunities that I would not have been able to receive at my public high school with limited resources."

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Fall '20

Zoë Jenkins

"The Fellowship enabled me to launch a career in social-change. While our education system teaches the youth to wait their turn, Civics Unplugged accelerates the projects, potential, and power of our generation to build a brighter future."

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Fall '20

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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

Students Stand Up

Civics and Democracy

Lillian Hertel
17
,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

SSU aims to provide youth from around the world with the tools and resources necessary to begin and succeed in work surrounding activism and political advocacy.

The Greater Good Initiative

Civics and Democracy

Tarina Ahuja
20
,
Cambridge, MA

The Greater Good Initiative is a youth-led policy think-tank with the mission of promoting youth engagement and mobilization in the policymaking process.

GOVLEARN

Civics and Democracy

Luke Gianella
17
,
Marina del Ray, California

GOVLEARN Education, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing easily accessible & nonpartisan government & politics education to elementary and middle school students.

A2M2

Maternal Health

Rushank Goyal
17
,
Bhopal, India

A2M2, (Attack Avoidable Maternal Mortality/Morbidity) is an international teen-led nonprofit that aims to tackle the unfathomable loss of lives and burden of disease caused by mortality and morbidity during pregnancy and childbirth.

DICCE

DEI

Zoë Jenkins
18
,
Lexington, KY

DICCE, which stands for diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, and equity, is an initiative founded out of something missing in our education system: diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and accurate history curriculum.