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DemocracyReady NY

DemocracyReady NY is a statewide, nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals committed to preparing all students for civic participation. The Coalition is convened by the Center for Educational Equity (CEE), making use of the Center's expertise and experience in students' rights, education policy, civic preparation, and public engagement. 


The DemocracyReady NY Coalition aims to promote all New York students' right under the state constitution to develop the knowledge, skills, experiences, and mindsets needed to engage as effective civic participants. To accomplish that aim, it seeks to strengthen state education law and policy to improve civic education practice and resources in every New York school. One practice prioritized by the Coalition is media literacy education. Its recommendations in this area seek to ensure that all schools are fully equipped to develop media literate students. All students should have access to school library media specialists and all teachers should be well prepared to integrate media literacy across the curriculum.


DemocracyReady NY mobilizes the expertise of students, parents, teachers, researchers, advocates, legal experts, youth-development specialists, policymakers, and philanthropic organizations to work collectively towards its goals. Each year, the Coalition recruits a cohort of young people across the state to serve as leaders in the effort to ensure that all New York students are fully prepared for capable civic participation. DemocracyReady NY Youth Leaders empower themselves and others to enact positive change in their communities and the broader society.


Read more about DemocracyReady NY and upcoming events and initiatives here.