Generation Citizen (founded by Brown alumn Scott Warren ‘09) empowers young people to become engaged and effective citizens through direct political action. Through a skills-based curriculum delivered during the regular school day, students work with local leaders to fix problems in their communities. Through this real-world experience, our teens learn how to be active participants in our country's democracy. Brown volunteers (Democracy Coaches) teach bi-weekly classes in local middle and high schools. They work with their students to identify an important issue they face in their communities, then teach them the advocacy skills to make change on that issue. At the end of the semester, students present their Action Projects to local officials and community members at a Civics Day event at the Rhode Island State House.
This program seeks to recognize and memorialize the lives of those who suffered the middle passage as a result of Rhode Island's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade by organizing events and educational programs that focus on the impact of slavery and the slave trade throughout the state.