Next Gen Politics Civic Fellowship 2022-23
Thank you for your interest in participating in our Next Generation Politics Civic Forums! Next Gen Politics aims to empower the next generation (YOU!) to make informed decisions, be active citizens, make sense of the current political climate, and get involved. This program is designed to engage motivated, civically-minded teens who are interested in developing your civic knowledge and skills through engaging with perspectives different than your own.

Over the course of the first semester, we'll convene monthly on Sundays for civic conversations on critical issues of our time--criminal justice, freedom of expression, immigration, and more--from multiple perspectives.  The Civic Fellowship will launch with a full day, in person, community building Civic Orientation on Sun, Oct 2 from 10AM-4PM (or on Sun, Oct 9 via Zoom if you are outside NYC.) Subsequent Civic Forums will be on Sundays Oct 30, Nov 20, Dec 11, and Jan 8 from 1-3:30PM ET. Upon completion of the first semester in good standing, Fellows can apply for a spring Civic Action Project internship, convening on Feb 5; Mar 5; April 2; April 23; and May 7, with final presentations on Sun, May 21. Fellows are expected to participate in ALL Civic Forums, and to indicate in advance if you will need to miss due to extenuating circumstances.

To be considered as a Civic Fellow, please fill out this application at your earliest convenience.  Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis and no later than Wed, Sept 28. If you have any questions, contact Sanda at 
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Name *
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What civic or social issues are you most interested in discussing? (ex. criminal justice, freedom of expression, voting rights and election safety, immigration, the environment, critical race theory/structural racism, media literacy, others)
Short Essay Responses--please pick TWO out of THREE to answer.  Responses should be relatively brief (300-500 words)
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.  What are some of your primary identifiers (such as race, gender, socioeconomic status, political orientation, religion, gender identity, sexuality, etc.) and how do you think they inform your perspective on the world? How do they shape your biases? How open are you to exploring perspectives very different than your own-- even ones that might feel offensive or off-putting? We encourage you to share a story or example if possible.  (maximum of 500 words)
Please write a thoughtful and reflective essay as to why you would like to become a Civic Fellow and participate in cross-partisan conversations about different aspects of civic engagement this year (maximum of 500 words)
Describe an ethical question facing the U.S. that is especially important to you. What do you think the key challenges are and how do you think we should deal with them as a country? (maximum of 500 words)
How would you prefer to participate in Next Generation Civic Forums in Fall 2022
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If you are in or near NYC, would you be able to participate in an initial in-person full day orientation in NYC on Sun, Oct 2 to foster development of relationships (subsequent sessions MAY be via Zoom) 
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Are you fully vaccinated and boosted?
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If selected, I commit to participating in all Civic Forums, providing advance notification if I cannot attend any Forums *
Are there any additional Next Gen Politics programs you'd like to be involved with, that you are not already involved with? If so, check all that apply:
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
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