Honoree Spotlight

Jude Abijah

Age: 17

I live in: Frederick, MD

College / High School: Incoming Freshman at Northwestern University

Three words to describe myself: Passionate, inquisitive, committed

A quote I love:
"Don't talk about what you're gonna do. Don't just dream about what you're gonna do. Don't criticize somebody else for what they're not doing. You--be it. Be about it. Be about that action, and go do it." -Beyoncé

A book I love: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

A civic superhero I look up to?
Michelle Obama

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

I was a co-creator of the Civics 2030 Challenge, calling on fellow Gen Zers to see something they want fixed by 2030, describe what they are going to do, and challenge three people to do the same. I also helped with a ton of speaker invites!

Why I am excited to join Civics 2030
I am excited to join the community as the ingenuity among fellow Builders and the resources of our sponsors have a lot of potential to bring lasting reform to American democracy.

My vision for the future of American democracy
I see America's democracy in the future as one which takes advantage of youth leadership and a modern technological infrastructure to ensure that the needs of every person are met and the voices of every person are heard.

The kind of superhero I am striving to become
I aim to be a civic superhero that uses his knowledge and resources effectively to strengthen democracy and resolve issues in my communities.