"I was first recommended to apply to the Civics Unplugged (CU) Fellowship by an adult program organizer at Facing History and Ourselves Chicago. It seemed that the two initiatives had a lot in common, especially when it came to recognizing the often underdeveloped potential and power the younger generation has in today's sociopolitical climate. What caught my eye about CU was its drive for doing. There exist seemingly infinite programs that provide educational insight to students, whether it be learning about pre-colonial America, the Declaration of Independence, or current political systems. Few, however, take the extra step of thrusting complete agency into the hands of the young learner, the young creative, the young advocate. This agency is further nurtured through CU's cohort, or 'Junto', system, where each Junto group is lead by an adult civics professional. Through weekly video conferences with my junto members, I became proximate to group of diverse students from all across the United States, all of whom had come together with the common mission to re-evaluate and reinvent what it means to be an ethical citizen, leader, and member of Generation-Z in the 21st Century. Lastly, CU is more than just a one-year initiative. The very design of the fellowship encourages students to make a 10-year commitment. In fact, at the time of this writing, Fellows are drafting the 2030 Civics Unplugged Declaration and planning Commence 2030, where selected students will be honored for their work in building the future of American democracy. By celebrating Gen-Z and looking towards the future, CU has established itself as a leading initiative that empowers young leaders and advocates for productive, inclusive, and collaborative change!"