The Co-Creation Generation

The Story of Kentucky Student Voice Team & Guide to Intergenerational Impact

Citizens & Scholars recognizes the extraordinary power in the potential for young people and adults to work together in order to solve issues in their communities. Intergenerational co-design and co-leadership maximizes impact by including more voices, particularly the voices of youth who are often most impacted and yet rarely included in decision- and policy-making. Through this work, young people build their civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions and interact with people with diverse backgrounds and varying beliefs.

We’ve also identified a critical lack of resources for those who seek to build meaningful youth-led and intergenerational initiatives. So, we partnered with some seasoned practitioners from The Kentucky Student Voice Team to share their story of organizational transformation as well as lessons learned, tools, and tips that can be used by youth and adults interested in strengthening their civic muscles and transforming their communities.

These resources:

  • Help youth and adults working in community-based programs to build capacity and support towards creating projects of youth, by youth, for youth
  • Begin to develop common standards of practice and measurement tools for civic learning
10 Principles for Intergenerational Success

What you need to learn and unlearn to build meaningful intergenerational programs and initiatives.

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Intergenerational Assessment and Conversation Guide

Ready to make some changes? Take this assessment and begin a conversation with your team about how to become more youth-led or intergenerational.

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The Story of the Kentucky Student Voice Team

KSVT supports students as research, policy, and advocacy partners in order to co-create more just and democratic Kentucky schools and communities. But getting to this point has taken years’ worth of learning, evolving, and reckoning with the ways in which “youth-led” spaces that mobilize young people have rarely existed inside (or outside) the classroom. This is their story.

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Download all Resources

Access the full report and additional resources in one download. Includes 10 Principles for Intergenerational Success, Intergenerational Assessment, The Story of the Kentucky Student Voice Team, and Additional Resources.

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Additional Resources

C&S and Afterschool Alliance hosted an online webinar moderated and led by students from the Kentucky Student Voice Team (KSVT).


Civic Spring Project Evaluation

Evaluation of Citizen & Scholar’s Civic Spring Project conducted by CIRCLE (part of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life) confirming the incredible opportunity that exists to bolster civic learning and to expand equity in out-of-school spaces.

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Research white paper authored by Citizens & Scholars president Raj Vinnakota offering a broader conception of civic education that recognizes the long-term, multidimensional approach to young people gaining civic knowledge, practicing civic skills, and developing civic dispositions.

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