If the Arizona youth are our future, why not provide the next generation with opportunities and resources to make a real difference in our communities? DemocraSeed is an initiative that tackles this goal by seeking to empower our youth through an increase in civic engagement, creative problem solving and entrepreneurship among high school students. By offering a supportive and creative space in which Arizona youth can begin to shape their own communities, we hope to touch on three specific citizen goals: education, environmentalism and sustainability in Arizona, and retaining young talent.
A partnership between the Center for the Future of Arizona and ASU’s Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation, DemocraSeed mentors and trains students on city and tribal youth councils to utilize design thinking in order to develop innovative programs to increase civic engagement. Equipped with these tools and knowledge, students will be empowered to identify real world issues and create and pilot financially sustainable peer-to-peer civic engagement interventions that will ultimately impact their own communities.
DemocraSeed works with qualifying high school students participating through city and tribal youth throughout the state of Arizona.
Chosen youth councils will be paired with ASU mentors who will work with them to identify pertinent civic issues in their communities and utilize design thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset to develop innovative solutions. In addition, the youth councils will receive training and support from the Entrepreneurship + Innovation team at ASU and the Center for the Future of Arizona.
Students on the youth councils