Honoree Spotlight

Leora Hannah Soibelman

Age: 17

I live in: Newton, Massachusetts

College / High School: Gann Academy

Three words to describe myself: Curious, Eager, Thoughtful

A quote I love:
"It gets easier. Every day, it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day – that’s the hard part. But it does get easier."

A book I love: Because Internet, by Gretchen McCulloch

A civic superhero I look up to?
Bryan Stevenson

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 that 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 excited to join the Civics 2030 community because I can't wait to meet and work with other inspiring Gen Zers.

My vision for the future of American democracy
My vision for the future of American democracy is one where special interests don’t hold any power, where government truly represents the will of the people, and where the government is transparent, truthful, and honest.

The kind of superhero I am striving to become
I strive to become a civic superhero who can lift up others, and be a true teacher and friend.