The Community equips our proven alumni with everything they need to focus 100% on launching and scaling social impact companies. The world needs more civic innovators –and we need them now. Our community supports youth to take a risk, and launch world-changing initiatives.
Most young people are told that changing the world isn’t a sustainable career. Too often, our brightest youth choose career paths that are misaligned with their passions and the health of their communities.
Our goal is to provide Civics Unplugged Alumni with the funding, mentorship, and community they need to start building social impact companies right now.
Once a Fellow graduates, they join the CU Alumni Community where they are provided funding, mentorship, and a home to experiment, fail, and create.
CIvics Unplugged Alumni can apply for funding to support their personal development or civic innovation projects.
Civics Unplugged Alumni can attend deep dive lessons and programs in Climate Technology, Digital Rights, and Emerging Technology.
Graduates of the Fellowship can choose to be placed in jobs and internships within the Civics Unplugged network.
Our unique Alumni platform keeps graduates connected to each other (and our network) well after they graduate from the program.
CIvics Unplugged Alumni can apply for funding to support their local civic innovation projects.
Graduates of the Fellowship can apply to be matched with paid summer internships through CU's partner network.
Each week, Civics Unplugged staff and partners host niche workshops and specialized training (i.e. in Climate Tech or web3) programs for alumni.
CU's program directors host workshops three days a week, covering Supreme Court cases, new legislation, the principles of government, technology, and more!
Once you graduate from University, we work hard to connect you with our network of CivTech founders and investors, so you can join the Civic Innovation workforce.
Civics Unplugged provides funding to support Alumni's personal development or civic initiatives.
"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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"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
Shreya was invited to deliver a TED Talk in Vancouver about her work helping young people become engaged in the political process.
Elena won an award for her CU Funded organization, "Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen". They were highlighted by First Lady Jill Biden for their work supporting active military families and young people who constantly move from base to base.
Naomi was appointed to the California State Board of Education by Governor Gavin Newsom.
Sam Young (CT | 15 | CU ‘22) is helping solve the mental health crisis with RestVest, his invention that uses a stylish vest to apply deep pressure therapy to help those who suffer from stress and anxiety.
Joyce Orishaba (CA |17 | CU ‘22) won the New York Times Personal Narrative Competition with a moving submission about the loss of her family and Batwa tribe in Uganda. She ends her essay with: “I will be the river for my people. I am the future.” Joyce hopes to continue advocacy through her organization, Discover The Lost Tribe.
has recycled and donated over 200,000 books through his organization, Eco Brothers, Inc. Chase and his younger brother, Zach, have raised over $100,000 to improve literacy for over 45,000 students in Florida.
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 is a youth-led policy think-tank with the mission of promoting youth engagement and mobilization in the policymaking process.
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, (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.
Civics Unplugged’s mission is supported by a global network of partners dedicated to empowering youth and building a brighter future.