The Civic Learning Field

Citizens & Scholars is cultivating majority of young people to be civically well-informedproductively engagedand committed to democracy.

Citizens & Scholars is accelerating the civic field through common measurement tools, shared vision, and collaboration across divides. 

Research & Reports

Our research and reports on measurement pave a path toward more coordinated, impactful work by the field.  

Mapping Civic Measurement

Report Card

Our upcoming national report card will be a first-of-its-kind barometer on the status of youth civic readiness in America.

Fellow Network

Our networking opportunities for Fellows create connections that can spur new ideas and partnerships. 

The Challenge


Less than half of U.S. adults (47%) could name all three branches of government, down from 56% in 2021 and the first decline on this question since 2016.

The Solution

Empowered Citizens, Effective Democracy 

This is an urgent time for the nation and for democracy. We see a way forward in today’s young people, and we recognize that they are particularly poised to strengthen democracy now and for the long haul. 

Today’s 42 million 14–24-year-olds are entering the public square. They need support and partnership from older generations and institutions like Citizens & Scholars to achieve their ambitions. 

Investing in youth breaks the barriers of left versus right by focusing on values that unite us all, such as freedom of expression and a commitment to liberty and democracy. This approach opens new possibilities and can generate outsized returns for democracy. 

The Impact

By growing and galvanizing the civic learning field, Citizens & Scholars can:

  • Leverage the 400+ practitioners and organizations in the core civic learning field