Discover and learn how to unleash your unique civic superpowers to build a brighter future for humanity.
Learn how our social and political systems work (or don’t), and how to contribute to efforts to make them work better.
Dive deep into foundational democratic theory, as well as concepts relevant to modern government, law, and politics.
Learn how to build a team, develop a plan, and implement systems-changing solutions to societal issues.
Grow your capacity to lead lovingly and create spaces where people are eager to come together for a common purpose.
Dig into history from diverse perspectives to understand how we got to where we are today and inform your civic action.
WHY THE GYM?
We've found that learning happens best when young people are encouraged and supported to develop their own educational path.
The Civic Gym has a variety of programming that, much like in a real gym, allows young people to target specific growth areas, explore new interests, and build wholistic civic strength. Everyone has their own routine that is best suited to help them achieve their unique goals -- all while supported by an intergenerational community dedicated to seeing them flourish as leaders.
CIVIC GYM PROGRAMMING
Our Civic Gym operates multiple civic learning series year-round.
On any given week, you can join in on multiple sessions, or none of them, depending on your time and commitment.
🏔 THE TREK
A series where community members participate in meaningful discussions on topics that are too often neglected when thinking about building the future. Through prompting questions and provocations, we venture together into complex but important conversations related to building the future. We understand that this work requires ongoing dialogue but it's a journey worth trekking through.
An interactive series where our Chief Program Officer Nick takes a deep dive into a tenant of American democracy through the lens of a current event. Past sessions include “The First Amendment and Facebook’s Speech Oversight Board” and “The Voting Rights Act and Georgia’s New Voting Law.”
Facilitated debates about Supreme Court Cases and real legislation. The ultimate goal of this series is to create the model for what respectful, empathetic, and fruitful civil discourse looks like, in hopes that participants apply the principles to the CU community and their own lives.
A series that helps community members practice making sense of information flows surrounding current events. In the age of disinformation, information overage, and information warfare, it’s never been more important to make sense of not just what’s happening, but the media itself. Who is posting what and why? What are the ramifications? How do we build our immunities to propaganda?
A series where community members gather to help fellow members identify projects they might want to build, flesh out early stage ideas, and grow existing initiatives. Each session—called a "jam session"—is highly participatory.
STRENGTHEN YOUR CIVIC MUSCLES!
Gain access to a wide variety of ways to develop knowledge, skills, and practices that are unique to your change-making goals.