Commence 2030 Honoree Yearbook

These civic superheroes were chosen because of their entrepreneurial spirit and amazing contributions to their communities this year. Every one of them will join the Civics Unplugged community and get what they need to grow and continue making a lasting impact, whether that be through mentorship, network, financial backing, or otherwise.

If you see projects that you like, don’t hesitate to reach out to the project owner directly or contact us at info@civicsunplugged.org to learn how you can best support their amazing work!

 

Aarushi Pant

16 years old. Houston, TX

Carnegie Vanguard High School

My vision for democracy: The future of American democracy is inclusive and represents every community of our nation, regardless of their background or identity.

Addison Elizabeth Lee

17 years old. Los Angeles California

The Archer School for Girls

My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is one where voting is considered wholly patriotic and is a practice that has equitable access across all of America.

Ananya Singh

17 years old. Mt. Olive, New Jersey

Morris County School of Technology '20, College of the Atlantic '24

My vision for democracy: My vision is: meaningful civic education opportunities for everyone, more service-learning and intergenerational partnerships, no corporate money in politics and many more young people getting elected into positions of power!

Aya Hamza

17 years old. Miami, FL

Coral Gables Senior High

My vision for democracy: That every person knows that their vote MATTERS and will impact government.

Benjamin Joseph Moses Laufer

20 years old. Roxbury, CT

Minerva Schools at KGI (will be a Freshman in the Fall)

My vision for democracy: Where everyone, regardless of their net worth, has a meaningful say in who is elected to serve them.

Benjamin S. Katanic

15 years old. Denver, Colorado

Valor Christian High School

My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is to have a country where its inhabitants see laws and policies that are meaningful to them actually be carried through with by our representatives and other elected officials.

Chabu Kapumba

18 years old. Chicago, IL

University of Toronto

My vision for democracy: American democracy can and will value the needs of every single community regardless of their wealth, beliefs, backgrounds, or identity.

Dariel Cruz Rodriguez

16 years old. Orlando, FL

Colonial High School

My vision for democracy: I see a future where one's quality of education isn't determined by economical or social classes, their choice of public/private school, or by their 5 digit ZIP code.

Dyson KN Chee

18 years old. Honolulu, HI

Homeschool, attending Kapiolani Community College as a dual credit student

My vision for democracy: My vision is to normalize participation in American democracy, so that children are introduced to the civic process and students are given meaningful, hands-on experience in the government at an early age.

Elena M. Ashburn

16 years old. Broward, FL

Cooper City High School

My vision for democracy: My vision is that American elections are more accessible because everyone deserves the right to a fair, free, and easy voting process.

Emily Miri Cho

18 years old. Wilmette, Illinois

North Shore Country Day School/Harvard University

My vision for democracy: A collaborative and enriching ecosystem of passionate citizens and livers who empower others and themselves through goodwill, critical thinking, and empathy.

Emily R Willrich

17 years old. Wellesley, MA

Harvard University

My vision for democracy: A system where young people raise their voices to hold our elected officials accountable.

Faith Kalyn C Ramos

18 years old. Detroit Michigan

Cass Tech High School Graduate; Wayne State University Incoming Freshman

My vision for democracy: My vision for American Democracy is that the American government and citizens will be able to work collectively in reforming the institutionalized injustices that plague​ the nation; allowing us to truly heal.

Jasmine N. Lewis

18 years old. Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Alabama

My vision for democracy: My vision is for communities to continue to stand in solidarity with one another and for systemic disparities to be dismantled so our government meets the necessities of ALL people.

Jazlyn M. Leonso

17 years old. Bowie, MD

Bowie Highschool

My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is where we meet equity with equality and every voice is heard, every skin color seen, and every individual being properly represented.

Journei A Barlow-Howard

17 years old. Chicago, Illinois

Whitney M Young Magnet High School

My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is one where there is transparency and trust between everyone, people receive equitable treatment, and public service isn’t synonymous with making profit.

Jude Abijah

17 years old. Frederick, MD

Incoming Freshman at Northwestern University

My vision for 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.

Julia C Terpak

22 years old. Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne University

My vision for 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.

Laney M. Taylor

21 years old. Georgetown, Kentucky

Centre College (I graduated in May 2020)

My vision for democracy: This vision holds the local journalism thriving, not merely surviving.

Leora Hannah Soibelman

17 years old. Newton, Massachusetts

Gann Academy

My vision for 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.

Payton K May

18 years old. Vancouver, WA

Skyview High School, soon to be the University of San Diego

My vision for democracy: A country where everyone's vote is counted, regardless of race, geographic location, socioeconomic status, or criminal background.

Phoebe Helen Chambers

17 years old. Potomac, Maryland

Winston Churchill High School

My vision for democracy: American democracy should be directly controlled by the people, not special interests or corporate donors.

Sahana Nellian

15 years old. Dublin, California

The Quarry Lane School

My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is a world where every child has access to equal education and opportunities, allowing them to become enriched and innovative citizens.

Stella d. Rose

17 years old. Los Angeles, California

Louisville High School

My vision for democracy: As the American people evolve so does democracy and it is the current uprising of the youth population which will forever change the expectations of the involvement young people should have in democracy.

Tarina K. Ahuja

18 years old. Ashburn, Virginia

Harvard University Class of 2024

My vision for democracy: I envision an American democracy where empathy is the governing ideal, opportunities are awarded on the basis of equity, and all voices are not just heard, but amplified.

Tatyannah C Santos-Lopez

16 years old. Riverview, Florida

East bay senior high school

My vision for democracy: That people will only be judged on their actions, not demographics.

Victor S Ye

18 years old. Hacienda Heights, California

University of Southern California

My vision for democracy: I hope every young person has the knowledge and opportunity to have civil discourse and create a healthy democracy through civic participation.

William C. Fredericks

20 years old. New York, NY

Gap Year

My vision for democracy: My vision for the future of American democracy is to have equal opportunities for everyone if qualified and to ultimately find peace united.

Zachary C Patterson

17 years old. San Diego, California

University City High School

My vision for democracy: I envision a democracy where all people have the ability to safely cast their vote, are excited and prepared to vote, and are equipped to share their opinion on what America should look like.

Zoë D Jenkins

16 years old. Lexington, KY

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

My vision for democracy: I envision a democracy where all citizens feel that their voice and vote has an impact, government and officials are easily accessible to their constituents, and equity and the impact of lived experience are prioritized in decision-making.