Creating Citizens is The Commonwealth Club’s civics education initiative. Building on more than a century of nonpartisan civil dialogue at The Commonwealth Club, Creating Citizens brings students and educators into the conversation.
Civil dialogue is fundamental to a healthy democracy, yet our nation is more polarized and divisive than ever. We know young people are watching and listening, and we know they want to speak up. Creating Citizens gives them this chance.
Programs feature civic leaders from across the ideological spectrum, thinkers and influencers young people respect, and youth themselves. Students develop their own perspectives on complex issues and learn the power of mutually respectful dialogue in a diverse society.
Join us as we work together to create the next generation of active, empowered citizens. Our democracy depends on it.
Participate in the California Book Awards
To celebrate more than 92 years of the California Book Awards, we invite readers aged 13 and older to read with us and share your responses to the 2023 finalists!
To ensure that everyone can participate, free books can be sent to people, schools and organizations with financial need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lauren Silver, vice president for education, launched Creating Citizens in 2020. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and has been an educator in museums, pre-K–12 classrooms, and universities for more than 25 years. Before joining The Commonwealth Club, Lauren founded the education department at the Computer History Museum; worked at Stanford University as an education curator at the Cantor Arts Center and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education; and she was a family education specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
||Griffith Swidler, school partnerships manager, joined the Creating Citizens initiative in 2022. His background is in community development and education. Before joining The Commonwealth Club, Griffith worked for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, taught secondary school in France, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo.|
Above photo: Speakers Betty Yee and Libby Schaaf talk with students Issabella Romo and Owen Knapp Jr. during "Youth Talk: Passing the Torch," part of the Creating Citizens Speaker Series at UC Berkeley.
Students and educators can become sustaining members for as little as $7 per month. Student and educator members receive free tickets to all programs, invitations to special events just for them, and all the other benefits of Club membership. Join today!
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Creating Citizens, The Commonwealth Club’s K–12 civics education initiative, is supported by the Koret Foundation.