Civics Unplugged's Commence 2030 event was broadcast to the world on Saturday, June 27th at 7pm ET.
Commence 2030 was a celebration of young American civic superheroes who go above and beyond for their communities and are ready to "commence" a brighter future for American democracy. Speakers included Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Dwayne Johnson, Steve Ballmer, Audrey Tang, and more.
CIVICS UNPLUGGED PREPARES THE EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS OF GENERATION Z TO BECOME THE CIVIC SUPERHEROES THEIR COMMUNITIES AND DEMOCRACY NEED
WE TRAIN 👩🏫
CU trains Gen Zers via an innovative, digital-first civic leadership curriculum to build the future of American democracy.
WE CONNECT 🤝
CU connects Gen Zers with people who can provide money, connections, mentorship, and opportunities.
WE SUSTAIN 💰
CU sustains Gen Zers' learning journeys and funds their projects to strengthen American communities and democracy.
WHY THE CIVICS UNPLUGGED FELLOWSHIP MATTERS
"The CU Fellowship not only helped me and the other Founding Fellows define our civic purpose, but connected us with the world unlike any other program or organization I have experienced. My weekly discussions with my peers in the program helped me understand so many more perspectives and have inspired me to seek out new experiences. The memories and lessons from the Fellowship will stay with me forever. I learned more about myself than I would have ever expected, and the goals and expectations I set for myself in the program will undoubtedly follow me as I continue to think critically about how to build the future of our democracy."
"Given the tremendous challenges that American democracy faces in this new decade, the CU Fellowship was a source of hope for my generation as we look to take on responsibility for building the future. The Fellowship cultivated a sense of mutual understanding among my peers that we face a lot of problems, and that it's much better to face them together. When we 'graduated' from the Fellowship on July 4th, 2020, the Fellows and I left with an abundance of knowledge and resources envision a brighter future for democracy and to take tangible steps to make that future a reality."
"Civics Unplugged was a big highlight of this pandemic. Given that the Fellowship was virtual before social distancing, CU remained a rare constant in a world full of changes. Beyond the extremely relevant curriculum that challenged us to understand who we are and who we want to be, I truly loved the virtual world we built, where we all had the chance to know and trust and learn from each other. Our chats and calls were how we could, on one hand get a break from what was happening outside the Fellowship, and on the other hand have deep and thoughtful discussions on how we could address the challenges facing our democracy and build the future together."
WHY OUR FOUNDING FELLOWS ARE EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE OF CIVICS UNPLUGGED
"Considering that we learned the fundamentals of how to become a Civic Superhero during the CU Fellowship, the Civics 2030 Campaign was the perfect next step to apply what we learned in the Fellowship into real-world projects that we're passionate about! From providing inspiration to funding, and from providing mentorship to teammate matching, Civics 2030 will supercharge the efforts of my generation to build the democracy of our dreams!"
St. Louis, MO
"Given that the pace at which the world changes has accelerated in recent months and years, it's never been more important to give America's future leaders the space and opportunity to experiment with solutions that meet the unique challenges of our times. And given that the Civics 2030 Campaign creates the civics playground my peers need to develop new ideas for this new world, I could not be more excited to have joined the Campaign as a Founding Builder."
"With Civics 2030, I now have access to the movers & shakers in the world who can help me take my work to the next level. My peers and I are hopeful for the future of our communities and democracy—but we also have lots of questions and ideas and undirected passion. Sometimes we just need to know there are powerful adults who will guide us in the right direction and have our backs."
"The CU Fellowship really helped me understand who I want to be, and gave me the tools to design my life in a way that will allow me to balance succeeding in school and developing as a social entrepreneur.
I'm so grateful to have joined Civics 2030 as the next step in my leadership development journey! From connecting me to world-class mentors, to providing funding for my work, Civics 2030 will further supercharge my ability to execute on my ideas and pursue my dreams."