Honoree Spotlight

Julia C Terpak

Age: 22

I live in: Pittsburgh, PA

College / High School: Duquesne University

Three words to describe myself: Curious, unapologetic, and driven

A quote I love:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - MLK

A book I love: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Suess

A civic superhero I look up to?
Andrew Yang

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

After noticing a lack of conversation about the generation I’m part of, I created my Gen Z Connect platform on TikTok to discuss what makes us unique. My content highlights Gen Z’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as current events. I’m taking my platform to the next level with the “Gen Z Connect” podcast. I will be interviewing Gen Zers who are already established, as well as those who deserve more recognition for their work. We will discuss topics relating to their journey, how they get inspired, the impact they want to make, and more.

How I will use the stipend to scale
I will utilize the stipend for equipment, marketing initiatives, as well as securing well-established and hidden gem Gen Z guests.

Why I am excited to join Civics 2030
I’m excited about all of the connections that I’ll be making, because the people involved in Civics Unplugged are those that fellow Gen Zers can learn from and look up to.

My vision for the future of American democracy
It’s evident that American culture is evolving and technology is advancing quicker than ever, so my vision for the American Democracy is that we become proactive rather reactive for the sake of our generation’s future.

The kind of superhero I am striving to become
I want to become a prominent voice for Gen Z so that there can be a central platform to discuss capitalizing on our opportunities, pushing past our threats, and creating positive change.