I love Next Gen Politics. We are able to think deeply about complex issues in a safe place where difference in opinion is accepted. Each Forum session helps benefit our growth in becoming an active civic leader in our communities. I love how the Fellows can walk away from each session with a different perspective or idea that may challenge their original thoughts, which helps better our understanding of the world and the people in it. I enjoy the program very much and the amazing opportunities it has given us youth to find our voice and use it in a way that is productive in our society.
Gabi Cuccaro

Civic Fellow, Arthur L Johnson High School

Next Generation Politics has been the source of my education about the world around me over the past two years. The Civic Fellows from across New York and New Jersey have helped me grow by making me feel comfortable to share my thoughts on topics that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I have learned about so many different civic issues that impact our society: gerrymandering, immigration, gentrification and more that I haven’t had  the opportunity to learn about in school. Because of Next Generation Politics, when looking into colleges, my first thoughts were to make sure that that they had a civic center or political outreach programs because those are two programs that I am now eager to work in. In fact, I am applying to schools with strong Public Policy majors, with hopes that I will become a policymaker in my future. My eyes have been opened to many possibilities in the political science field and I now have the confidence and passion to dive right in. 

Lila Podgainy

Civic Fellow, New Explorations in Science, Technology, and Mathematics (NEST+M) High School

It was inspiring to participate in the Civic Forum and to experience first hand the students engaging in thoughtful and difficult deliberations. And it was very informative; we will draw upon what we saw as we go forward, interacting with other, often very different groups.  I noted in my opening remarks that Next Generation Politics is a joy all around.  Congratulations on a fine, fine program.

Steven O. Kimbrough

Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania