The Civics Unplugged Fellowship is an entirely free, entirely virtual leadership program that prepares hundreds of civic-minded high school students each year to become effective contributors to the movement to strengthen American democracy.
The application closed on December 31st, 2020 for our 2021 class. The second class of the Fellowship will kickoff February 2021.
The Fellowship takes high schoolers on a five-month journey to joining a revolutionary community that builds the future of American democracy
Early January to late Feb 2021
Meet the small group of Fellows with whom you will most frequently engage and grow to know best over the course of the program.
Complete a self-guided orientation that sets you up for success for the rest of the program.
Late Feb to mid-June 2021
Spend 15 weeks getting to know your amazing Fellowship class through fun, interactive learning experiences that teach you about yourself, your peers, and the systems you aim to make better.
Mid-June to June 25th, 2021
Draft your Civics 2030 Pledge, which lays out your personal 10-year plan to develop as a leader over the course of the decade and build a brighter future for American democracy
June 26th to July 4th, 2021
Celebrate your Fellowship journey at "Civics Unplugged presents Liftoff", which will be hosted by Civics 2030 Champions and broadcast on many major media platforms.
Get initiated into the Civics 2030 community. The community provides members with ongoing mentorship, funding, internship opportunities, and other forms of support that help you grow as a leader of systems change!
2021 FELLOWSHIP CURRICULUM
The Fellowship's "Training Phase" provides Fellows with the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to become effective contributors to the movement to strengthen American democracy.
Unit 1: How to Save American Democracy
Get an overview of many of the overarching challenges and threats our democracy faces, why we created "The Civics 2030 Campaign", and how you can help us hatch a plan to save and build the future of American democracy (seriously).
Unit 2: How to Know and Grow Thyself
Learn how to know and grow yourself, your partnerships, and your communities to make lasting positive change; about the different tools, systems, and practices you can adopt to be more organized and productive in the digital age; and how to build communities of purpose capable of making lasting systemic change.
Unit 3: How to "Map" Our Democratic Challenges
Learn about how to understand your own mental models, how to grapple with diverse world views, and how to "map" a system, so your understand the patterns, conditions, and leverage points of the system before you "intervene."
Unit 4: How to Build Toward a Brighter 2030
Begin thinking about what you will do over the next ten years of your superheroic journey. In order for you to do this well, you will learn about what and who it takes to evolve democracy.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
We put together a digital whitepaper to shine a light on why and how we designed the '21 Fellowship, what the Fellowship will look like week-to-week, what the benefits are for Fellows, and more.
"Civics Unplugged connected us with the world unlike any other program or organization I have experienced. I also learned more about myself than I would have ever expected. What's more is that the goals and expectations that my peers and I set for ourselves and each other laid the roadmap for our work over the next decade to strengthen American democracy."
"Civics Unplugged has been a rare source of hope for my generation as we look to take on responsibility for building the future. As a 2020 Fellow, 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."
"Youth have been on the front lines of system change and community empowerment for decades. While our education system teaches the youth to wait their turn, Civics Unplugged accelerates the projects, potential, and power of our generation to lead our communities and democracy to a brighter future."
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