The Civic Learning Field
Citizens & Scholars is cultivating a majority of young people to be civically well-informed, productively engaged, and committed to democracy.
Citizens & Scholars is accelerating the civic field through common measurement tools, shared vision, and collaboration across divides.
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.
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.
By growing and galvanizing the civic learning field, Citizens & Scholars can:
- Leverage the 400+ practitioners and organizations in the core civic learning field