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Gather with a Common Purpose

Civic Saturday

In a time of deep anxiety, disconnectedness, and political polarization, people need a place to come together in civic community—in a room, face-to-face—to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the values and practices of being a contributing member in civic life within the United States.

Civic Saturday gathers friends and strangers together to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. At the gathering we connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation’s creed, and build relationships that create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.

Civic Saturday began in Seattle, and is now in over 30 cities across the country. Learn more about upcoming gatherings below!

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Contact Program Manager Taneum to connect with a local Civic Saturday Fellow or to learn if there is an upcoming Civic Saturday near you!

Upcoming Gatherings
Past Sermons

Upcoming Civic Saturday Gatherings

DECEMBER 7

Seattle, WA | RSVP to Attend

Led by Citizen University

DECEMBER 7

Lincoln, NE | RSVP to Attend

Hosted by Civic Nebraska

Artist in Residence

Citizen University has welcomed the first ever Artists in Residence to Civic Saturday in Seattle.

Naa Akua, Poet in Residence, has joined the Civic Saturday team. They will be bringing their talent as an artist to the gatherings and leading groups of community members to further spark civic thought and reflection.

Read Eric Liu’s recent sermons from Citizen University led Civic Saturday gatherings.

What We Celebrate, delivered December 07, 2019 in Seattle, WA

Better Hypocrites, delivered August 10, 2019 in St. Louis, MO

The Story of Our Roots, delivered August 3, 2019 in Seattle, WA

Being Responsible, delivered April 6, 2019 in Seattle, WA

Beyond Liberation, delivered February 2, 2019 in Seattle, WA

photo credit Alan Alabastro

Preparing Citizens to Lead

Civic Saturday Fellowship

The Civic Saturday Fellowship is a nine-month program that begins with Civic Seminary, a three-day training in Seattle that fellows attend with a cohort of other motivated community leaders from around the country. In the following months, fellows will plan and hold three Civic Saturdays in their community.

Interested? Add your name to the interest list to be notified of the next application round.

Fellows have spread Civic Saturday gatherings to every corner of the US, bringing a deeper sense of civic spirit to their communities.


Civic Saturday Across the Country

Contact Taneum to get in touch with a Civic Seminarian who leads a Civic Saturday program near you.

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Empowering the Rising Generation

Youth Collaboratory

The Youth Collaboratory is a year-long program to empower and connect a rising generation of civic leaders and doers.

24 highly-motivated students from around the country will join Citizen University and travel to cities around the nation, meeting leading civic innovators, sharpening their literacy in citizen power and producing their own independent projects in their communities.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be connected to a network of incredible change-makers and gain skills and connections for a lifetime of civic power.

Sign up on our interest form to receive information about Citizen University’s youth programs.

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Past Participants

In this era of economic and political inequality, the work of power literacy is especially urgent, nowhere more so than in the rising generation of young people who will be facing the consequences of today’s polarization and inequality for years to come.

Members of the Youth Collaboratory participate in interactive workshops led by Eric Liu and Citizen University educators, collaborate with Citizen U staff to develop programs to engage youth nation-wide, and individually complete projects in their communities. Each cohort meets three times, in three different locations.

Armed with the knowledge, skills, connections, and experience of the Youth Collaboratory, our diverse cohort of passionate young people will be prepared to be true leaders of civic change in America for the next generation.

Sign up on our interest form to be notified when the next application cycle opens in May 2020.

The 2019 cohort of the Youth Collaboratory is the third of this exciting and innovative program. In the first two years of the program, participants came from over 20 states representing every region of the country, with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Here is some of what they had to say about the Youth Collaboratory:

“The highlight was getting to connect to people in the successful, professional world and talk to them about the issues and projects that they’re working on. It’s really inspiring.”

“I was shocked at the space we created, that we allowed each other to feel safe expressing our opinions and views.”

“I was so pleased to be welcomed into a group that taught me how to be the best civic version of myself that I could be.”

Follow Citizen University on social media, to learn more about the Youth Collaboratory and other programs!

Lessons in Civic Power

Citizen University TV

Our award-winning show that ran from 2016-2018 offers lessons in how to be an effective, change-making citizen. Every episode features case studies of leadership in action and breaks down the elements of civic power.

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A National Network of Leaders

Civic Collaboratory

The Civic Collaboratory is a national network of catalytic leaders from across the political spectrum and many domains —immigrant rights, veterans advocacy, civics education, voting reform, tech in government, arts and culture, worker organizing, corporate citizenship, and more. We meet quarterly and provide a common platform and project incubator for this diverse community of civic innovators.