AwareNow: Issue 18: The Outside Edition

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GOVLEARN ON CBS NEWS

INTERVIEW WITH LUKE GIALANELLA

“One student in a class I taught, probably less than 10 years old, told me that he couldn’t wait to be old enough to vote.”

Part of the joy of what I do is being able to see young people be truly excited and engaged about civics. While many believe that children should be kept from learning about government and politics, I believe that exposing them to these topics when they are young can truly make them excited about becoming active members of society. One student in a class I taught, probably less than 10 years old, told me that he couldn’t wait to be old enough to vote. This is the kind of passion and excitement about politics that we so desperately need, and I believe that the next generation will truly empower our country and the world to new heights.

GOVLEARN Education is currently pursuing the development of a movement to persuade state governments to add civics to core curriculums across the country, and I believe that with my new partnership with Awareness Ties, we can work together to raise awareness for this key issue. I am extremely pleased to join Awareness Ties in the fight for basic human needs such as education and many more, and can’t wait for what comes next. ∎ LUKE GIALANELLA

Founder & President of GOVLEARN
 www.awarenessties.us/luke-gialanella Luke Gialanella Founder & President of GOVLEARN Luke Gialanella founded GOVLEARN when he was 11 years old, in the summer after the 2016 presidential election. Finding that there was a lack of substantive civics education for elementary and middle schoolers, he went on a mission to correct that. Creating a website and YouTube channel, Luke is obviously extremely passionate about government and politics and has participated in many mock governments, Model UN, and debate programs outside of school.

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