Honoree Spotlight

Emily R Willrich

Age: 17

I live in: Wellesley, MA

College / High School: Harvard University

Three words to describe myself: persistent, inscrutable, easygoing

A quote I love:
"I'll do whatever it takes/ I'll make a million mistakes" - Hamilton the Musical

A book I love: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

A civic superhero I look up to?
Eleanor Roosevelt

Overview of the project they are working on right now that includes the impact the project is making.

State of the Students is all about connecting students with their government and empowering them to engage in the civic process. We are a nonpartisan student-led organization which serves to bridge the gap between elected officials and their constituents, as well as to provide students with the tools they need to contact government. We run “Get to Know Your Government” town halls where we moderate discussions between students and government officials. Additionally, we run a video series called “Pizza and Politics” where we interview elected officials about the role of government in students’ lives. We believe that by giving students the right information and civic education, they will have the power to make the change they want to see in their communities, and start an effective dialogue with their elected officials.

How I will use the stipend to scale
I will use the stipend to cover equipment costs as we start new chapters across the US.

Why I am excited to join Civics 2030
I'm incredibly inspired to work with other passionate Gen Zers towards our superordinate goal of engaging students with government.

My vision for the future of American democracy
A system where young people raise their voices to hold our elected officials accountable.

The kind of superhero I am striving to become
Supervotergirl: through my work at State of the Students I want to inspire my peers to realize not only that government plays a key role in their lives, but that they can play a key role in shaping it by participating in our democracy.