“You have more power than you think you have.”– Harry Pozycki, Founder, The Citizens Campaign
You have the right to vote and the right to protest, but you probably don’t know that you have new 21st century rights and powers that let you get in the game of government problem solving. The Citizens Campaign’s Leadership Training teaches you how to solve problems in your community and our Country, empowering you to get results on the issues you care about. You don’t have to sit on the sidelines waiting to react – you can become a “citizen leader” on the frontlines of government decision-making.
This isn’t the civics your parents and grandparents studied. It’s active, practitioner-informed leadership training, employing a powerful No-Blame approach. Versions are available for high school students, college students, and adults. You can take our training course online any time, at your own pace – sign up here.
The Citizens Campaign partnered with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and more than 50 experts in government and administration to develop teaching tools, including a training manual and 10 short videos. These teaching tools are easy to incorporate into existing courses, or can be offered as a stand-alone online training course.
After completing this leadership training, students will be able to:
Recognize their right to access their town’s current policies and participate in government decisions at local power centers
Identify the power centers of local government where important decision are made – city council, school board, planning board, local political parties, and more
Identify leadership roles they can take in their city to offer solutions without running for office
Evaluate solutions to determine if they are practical, evidence-based, and cost-effective
Use No-Blame Problem Solving in professional contexts such as government, the corporate world, nonprofit advocacy, and/or your personal life
Citizen Leadership Training is being offered at the college level at Rutgers University-Newark, Middlesex College (NJ), Houston Community College, Bakersfield College (CA), Cascadia College (WA), and more.
Citizen Leadership is taught in a mandatory Social Studies course in public high schools in Newark, Trenton, and Perth Amboy, NJ. In 2018, 690 students were surveyed after taking the training, and 53% of them said they were more likely to participate in local government decision-making after completing our training.