Whenever our founding board member Sen. Paul Sarbanes speaks with our students about his passion for public service, as he does in the video below, he talks about the high premium placed on involvement in public life by the ancient Greeks. In Athens, he says, “those who lived only in private life were falling short. They were called ‘idiotes’ — from which our word ‘idiot’ is derived today…”
Standing up, speaking out, and making a difference
Much has changed since the days of democracy’s birth — but not the need for informed, engaged and active citizens who exercise their rights, and take up public service. That’s why we work with Next Generation students from across the country — helping students meet with candidates, get involved with campaigns, and learn first-hand about the importance of public service, and the power of civic engagement.
From interning in individual campaigns for candidates from both major parties, to working for elected officials on Capitol Hill both sides of the aisle — and even running office for themselves — our NextGen students are learning the ropes, making their voices heard, and even taking a leading role in their own campaigns — whether it’s working to get their fellow students to vote, or to speaking out against the threat of rising neo-nazism in the homeland of their forefathers.