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ANNUAL REPORT 2011

engage. empower. educate.


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ABOUT GENERATION CITIZEN

Generation Citizen’s mission is to empower historically under-represented youth to become active participants in the democratic process. To fulfill our mission, GC partners college volunteers with teachers to facilitate “Action Civics” classes in low-income secondary schools.

Students at Hope High School identify the three branches of government

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Generation Citizen’s work is based upon the prinicpals of action civics where Youth voice is encouraged, valued and incorporated to the fullest extent possible.

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Providence students vote for the Student Choice Award at Rhode Island Civics Day

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DEAR FRIENDS In Generation Citizen, civics is the best class at school. The word “civics” often has quite negative connotations. People think of it as the boring subject in school, where students learn how a bill becomes a law, and take a test about it. Generation Citizen, however, thinks that this subject can be the most exciting at school. A real world lab. Where action meets civics. And there may be no more important time for the subject than now. As the country gets ready for a pivotal 2012 election, politics is all around us. What should we do about our economy? Our health care costs? Our schools? We need all citizens, Republican, Democrat, or none of the above to participate on these issues. But most importantly, we need our young people to be involved. Even if our national politics can be difficult to take in, I can tell you that there is nothing like the power of seeing a young person engaged in our democracy for the first time. This happens every day in a Generation Citizen classroom. In Boston, our students met with local city council people about getting a teen center built. In Rhode Island, our students convinced their State Representative to introduce a bill on hunger, and then testified in front of the legislature. In New York City, our students partnered with local police officers to enact a gang prevention program. As a student at Jonas Bronck Academy in New York City said, ““I love GC because they listen to us. We have a voice!” Thank you for your continued support as we grow. Together we will put the action in “Action Civics.”

Scott Warrenw Executive Director BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mary Vascellaro Chair, Community Volunteer in Education and the Arts Edwin Cohen Carlin Ventures Alan Harlam Director of Social Entrepreneurship, Brown University Louise Langheier Davis CEO, Peer Health Exchange Katie Pakenham New Profit, Inc. Gwenn Snider Winnetu Resort Timothy R. Bowers Attorney, K&L Gates Scott Warren, Generation Citizen CONTACT INFORMATION Boston: 89 South St Boston, MA, 02111

Scott Warren

NYC: 373 Park Ave South New York, NY, 10016

Executive Director

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Students present their issues to judges at Civics Days

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GENERATION CITIZEN AT A GLANCE

IN THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR, WE WILL WORK WITH: PROGRAM BY LOCATION 35 SCHOOLS 160 CLASSROOMS OVER 4000 STUDENTS OVER 250 COLLEGE MENTORS

BOSTON, MA

104 College Mentors in 18 schools reaching 1,675 students

OVER 90 CLASSROOM TEACHERS 11 COLLEGES

NEW YORK, NY

100 College Mentors in 15 schools reaching 1,575 students

PROVIDENCE, RI

48 College Mentors in 12 schools reaching 750 students

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Students in Providence, RI present to Education Commissioner Deborah Gist 10


GENERATION CITIZEN STUDENTS IN ACTION

SOME EXAMPLES OF OUR ACTION INCLUDE: Hope High School

Malden High School

Providence, RI:

Malden, MA:

Student at Hope High chose to combat the issue of

Residents of Malden have to pay for specific trash

hunger in Rhode Island. They held a food drive that

bags on top of there taxes to throw away waste through

brought in a half-ton of food and conducted a school

the Department of Public Works. Students and their

survey and found that hunger touched more of their

families were angered by this. So the class met with

fellow students than they had realized. They then

Ron Zanazzo, the Director of Solid Waste in Malden.

convinced their State Representative to introduce

Ron told the class how this program (Pay as you Throw)

legislation which would allow residents to designate

helped to reduce waste by 50%. He said that although

a portion of any state income-tax refund to the Rhode

he is out on the streets trying to educate residents

Island Community Food Bank. The students testified on

everyday, most of the time he cannot communicate

its behalf.

with them because they don’t speak English. The class made informational flyers in different languages for

Their efforts were featured in the Providence Journal

Ron to use and requested funding from an Earth Day

by columnist Bob Kerr, who noted: “It’s a small thing

technology recycling event for recycling bins at

in the grand political scheme. But what Hope students

Malden High.

and their teacher and their mentors have done is show that no matter what challenges a school is facing in the mad economic crunch, there will always be a place for the excitement of new ways of learning and making a difference to take hold.”

This past year, 4,000 students engaged in our Action Civics curriculum.

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MENTOR PROFILES

In the Fall of 2009, Evelyn Nimaja, a junior at Central High School, was a student in a GC class. In the Fall of 2011, she became a GC Mentor…as a freshman at Brown University.

EVELYN NIMAJA’S STORY

Towards the end of my junior year, I was involved with the GC program and was criticized by my classmates for trying to be involved in an area that was not “suitable” for someone like me. For a whiale I believed everything my classmates had said but it wasn’t until I talked to my GC mentor that I truly began to accept the reality of it all. I have the power and ability to make a difference in my society and greater community. Coming from an urban, low-ranking, and under-performing school, GC gave me the skills and confidence to approach any situation with an open-mind and knowledge that my voice truly matters.

EMMA ANSELIN’S STORY

GC has been one of the most important experiences of my college career. It has allowed me to truly make a difference in the lives and perspectives of students. I have witnessed the amazing things that students can achieve with the faith and guidance of their mentors. GC has also given me the opportunity be part of a community of amazing and driven Brown students, and to explore my own passions. GC has instilled in me the importance of empowering students to pursue their aspirations.

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“ We lead students to make change in their communities by partnering trained college volunteers with secondary school teachers to implement an “action civics” curriculum.”

EVELYN

EMMA

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GENERATION CITIZEN’S FUTURE

Generation Citizen has just

PHASE 1: STRENGTHENING SYSTEMS (2011)

PHASE 2: BUILDING CAPACITY (2012)

PHASE 3: EXPANSION (2012-2015)

IMPACT

4,000 students

7,500 students

20,000 students

ANNUAL BUDGET

$350,000

$500,000

$1,000,000

BENCHMARK

Expand to six full time staff members

Hire Site Directors in NYC & Boston

Expand to 1 new site each year

begun a comprehensive and ambitious five-year growth plan. In five years, we will be working with 20,000 students per year, at a budget of over $1 million. We need your support to help us become the truly transformational organization we know we can become.

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OUR SUPPORTERS

$10,000+: AMBASSADOR Echoing Green Foundation

Stephanie Morimoto & Matthew King

Patrice Hutton Sejal Jhaveri

Students from Central High in Providence wish you all a Happy Holidays

Catherine Kelleher

Blessing Way Foundation Libby Heimark

$500-$999

William Kimzey

Mary and Jerome Vascellaro

Judi Burson

Virginia Klun

Technology Underwriting

Dexter Donation

Louise Langheier

Greater Good (TUGG)

ProvidenceMayor’s Office

Aleta Margolis

Fidelity Investments

Corey Mailette

David Mauer

Silerman Family Foundation

Katie Pakenham

Nina McMurry

The Rhode Island Foundation

The Sutcliffe Family

Diane and Kevin McMurry

Rita Allen Foundation

Jesse Steinberg

Michael & Susan Millenson

$1,000-$9,999:

UP TO $499

Joshua Portnof

FOUNDING SUPPORTER

Onesimo Almeida

Andrew Sandler

Layla Amjadi

Barbara and Brian Andes

Matt Schiller

The Boston Foundation

Corrine Augustine

Mark Sloan

Foley Hoag Foundation

John Bagwell

Emma Sloan

Laura Fisher

Douglas Brown

Laurel Stolte

John NatoliThe Boston

Jill Carlson

Jessica Warren

Foundation

Marlene Feil

Jeanine Willig

Maurine Heard

David Flink

Al & Nancy Wright

Malden School District

Charles Harding

Edward & Kathleen

Alan Harlam

Chris and Kathy Mills

McKinley

Kaitlin Hassler

Eleanore Nissley

Ned Hazen

James O’Keefe

Abigail Hein

Gwenn & Mark Snider

Jefferey Henriques

Jack and Susy Wadsworth

Laura Henriques

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FINANCIAL SUMMARY

STATEMENT OF ACITIVITES FISCAL YEAR: JUNE 1, 2010, JUNE 30, 2011

SUPPORT AND REVENUE Individuals Foundations

$72,631.84 $122,744.32

Corporate

$20,000

Earned Income (Schools)

$12,550

TOTAL DONATIONS

$227,926.16

EXPENSES Program Services General Operating Expenses Fundraising TOTAL EXPENSES

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$130,016.12 $54,424.83 $1,575.54 $186,006.49

Increase in Net Assets

$49,919.67

Net Assets, Beginning of Year

$27,354.38

NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR

$69,274.05


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