Civics Unplugged is a 501(c)(3) social enterprise and intergenerational community committed to preparing the exceptional leaders of Generation Z to become the Civic Superheroes their communities and democracy need. A Civic Superhero is someone who practices first class citizenship, meaning they go beyond the conventional expectations of citizenship (such as voting or serving on a jury—which we acknowledge are still vital) in order to make a positive, long-lasting contribution to their communities and our democracy. Some Civic Superheroes we look up to include Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and the Parkland kids.
The Civics Unplugged Fellowship brings together exceptional young leaders from across the nation, and empowers them with the tools, training, and community to create the future of American democracy.
The twelve-week curriculum described herein is just one phase of the Civics Unplugged Fellowship we call the Training Phase. During this phase, Fellows have a weekly lecture on Monday nights where lessons on The Current State of American Democracy, How to Become a Civic Superhero, How to “Map” our Democratic Challenges, and How to Build Toward a Brighter 2030 are presented. After the lecture, Fellows have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss—all online through our virtual school platform called Remo. Later in the week, Fellows meet in groups of 8-10 to discuss the weekly assignment with an experienced educator we call a Guide. Throughout these twelve weeks, students will be practicing deliberative democracy within these small groups, filling out a Leadership Blueprint to help them along their journey, and "mapping" the challenges our democracy faces to better understand where they can intervene to save it.
During this Training Phase, Fellows will also take part in "Unplugged Conversations"—open, off-the-record group conversations with civic leaders (elected officials, social entrepreneurs, policy entrepreneurs, journalists, activists, philanthropists, etc) on our online platform.
Throughout this entire process, our curriculum will be continually evolving based upon the Fellows feedback, updated research on our political landscape, and best practices in online, remote education.
To learn more about other phases of the Fellowship, including the Drafting Phase, the Convention at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and our Civics 2030 Campaign, please see our full digital white paper.