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Generation Citizen

The Power of Youth in Our Politics


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ON SALE: March 5, 2019 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 336 pages | ISBN 9781640091276
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Championing the activism of young people around the world, Generation Citizen is an empowering reminder of the positive power of politics, and an inspiring, actionable guide for anyone ready to fight for democracy.

America is at a crossroads. We are alienated from civic engagement, and our democracy is in doubt. Yet there is a new energy in the air. Young people are again taking up the role they’ve often held: as leaders of change, demanding a better future, wielding their votes to uphold democracy and lead the country forward.

Enter Generation Citizen, an organization dedicated to empowering youth through revitalizing civics education across America. Since its beginnings in 2009 during CEO and cofounder Scott Warren’s senior year at Brown, Generation Citizen has grown to become one of the preeminent civics education organizations in the country.

Generation Citizen: The Power of Youth in Our Politics details Warren’s political awakening alongside stories of how young people have always been the instruments of political change. Generation Citizen is also a practical guide, providing concrete steps to jumpstart an engagement with politics and rekindle our love of democracy. Through interviews with students and historical portraits of young people who have enacted great political change—from the civil rights movement to the election of Ronald Reagan to #BlackLivesMatter and the Parkland students’ standing up to gun violence—Generation Citizen shows that time and again, it is the young people who lead the way to change.

About Scott Warren

SCOTT WARREN is the cofounder and the Chief Executive Officer of Generation Citizen. He has been named an Echoing Green Fellow, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, and a Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship. He has also been a social entrepreneur in residence at Brown University, and a social entrepreneur in residence at Tufts University. He is currently a democracy fellow at Brown University.


Praise for Generation Citizen

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“Insightful, inspirational . . . A useful resource for aspiring political activists.” —Rebekah Kati, Library Journal

“Warren, co-founder and CEO of the national political youth movement Generation Citizen, makes his book debut with a pragmatic, anecdote-filled guide for empowering young people . . . An enthusiastic, supportive manifesto to inspire political engagement.” —Kirkus Reviews

“At a time when the future of our country and our world hangs in the balance, Scott Warren delivers a powerful, stirring, and deeply important call to action for our most vital and undernurtured citizen force: our youth. This book should be required reading for anyone under the age of thirty-five.” —Josh Tickell, author of The Revolution Generation

“Scott Warren argues forcefully and eloquently that young people will save us all—and he comes with the receipts to prove it. By sharing his own lived experience and that of some of the hundreds of thousands of young people touched through his work at Generation Citizen, Warren lays out how we can take charge wherever we are, no matter our age. Following Warren’s advice, any of us can and will change the world.” —Amanda Litman, CEO of Run for Something and author of Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself

“Scott Warren is at the vanguard of a new movement called Action Civics, based on the all-American idea that the best way for young people to learn democracy is to practice it at the local level. In this timely and accessible new book, Warren deftly combines stories and strategies to show us that the rising generation is ready to exercise power—and save our republic.” —Eric Liu, CEO of Citizen University and author of You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen

“With incisive language, compelling stories, and a clarion call to action, Scott Warren’s Generation Citizen offers a compelling argument for the essential role that government plays in our lives and the essential role young people can—and must—play in building the beloved community. A must-read for anyone worried about our shared democracy and hopeful about young people’s power to change it.” —Eric D. Dawson, CEO of Peace First

“Life can be full of surprises, twists, and failures. This is certainly the case for Scott Warren, the cofounder and CEO of the fastest-growing civics education organization called Generation Citizen, or as he turns out, a reluctant social entrepreneur. This refreshingly honest and reflective chronicle of this young leader is filled with deeply personal events and encounters with people that changed his life. At the same time, his own experience is an example of young people making a positive change. Through stories of his own and his students’, Warren makes a compelling case that young people from all backgrounds can and should lead the change. Warren weaves many stories of young people leading the change in different places, using different means, and how pivotal education can be in giving young people the tools they need to activate their ideas and to ‘right the wrong.’ Warren, who grew up all over the world himself, has an enduring appreciation of the great American experiment and the republican form of democracy, and is absolutely set on making sure that every person gets the preparation they need to achieve their civic leadership potential. It is an inspiration and a call to action for young people and adults who want to see progress, to start believing in young people’s ability to lead, not later when they ‘grow up,’ but today.” —Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, PhD, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

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