MacArthur Foundation: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grant making institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition.Through their Digital Media, Learning & Education grant making, the MacArthur Foundation seeks primarily to gain a better understanding of how digital technologies are changing how young people learn, play, socialize, exercise judgment, and engage in civic life. Grant making also is exploring how learning environments – peers, family and social institutions (such as schools) – may be changing as well. Through answers to these questions, and the policy responses to them, the Foundation seeks to help build the interdisciplinary, cross-sector field of digital media and learning.*

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*taken from Macarthur website at


The Surdna Foundation’s Effective Citizenry Program is national in scope. Our goal is to build the skills, involvement, and visibility of young people (ages 13-25) – especially low-income youth of color – as important civic actors to address meaningful, structural problems in their schools, communities and larger society. We seek to:

I. Improve their leadership, influence and effectiveness via Youth Organizing: Through research, surveys, power analysis, outreach, base building, membership development, and direct action, multi-year campaigns, young people create systemic change, such as policy reform of public schools.

II. Expand opportunities for young people to serve and engage their communities via Youth Governance and Advocacy: In governance, youth take on roles as community stewards, serving on public commissions, appointed advisory boards, and nonprofit boards of directors. In advocacy, policy organizations incorporate youth participation and guidance to aid in decision-making and advocacy efforts.

III. Ensure the voice of young people is heard on serious community issues via Youth Media: Through the creation, distribution, and outreach of high quality media, young people communicate their perspective on important issues in order to affect systemic change in their communities.*

* taken from Surdna Effective Citizenry Program website


Becoming Citizens:

  • Office of the Provost
  • Office the Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Political Science

... faculty, students and
staff at CCCE...

experts and practicioners
who advise us...

partners in project

youth advisors...

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