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CA 2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California

CA 2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California is a new, statewide initiative that focuses on the lives and experiences of young Californians.

If California is at times seen as an indicator of where the United States is headed, then the state’s 13.5 million young people under the age of 25 will play an increasingly significant role in shaping who we are and the issues that we care about both regionally and nationally in coming years. With an eye toward the next national election and the goal of amplifying youth voices, we want to hear the insights and perspectives of young Californians on the subjects and issues that both divide and unite us and the futures that they envision.

CA 2020 encourages critical thinking, civic engagement, and active contributions of our young people to our democracy and the future of California. CA 2020 is designed to reach and engage young people across California.

Four Interconnected Components of CA 2020 

Democracy and the Informed Citizen 

A yearlong partnership, which runs until February 2019, between California Humanities and four community colleges is designed to engage young Californians in a consideration of the vital connections between journalism and democracy. It brings Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists to community college campuses, provides hands-on media literacy training, and strives to amplify young people’s voices and perspectives in public dialogue throughout California.

We want to hear your voice. Join the conversation, and participate in an upcoming Democracy and the Informed Citizen event at one of our partner community colleges.

CA 2020 Community College Partners: 

Bakersfield College

On Immigration & Journalism: A Conversation with Sonia Nazario at Bakersfield College

October 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Foothill-De Anza Community College District

On Immigration & Journalism: A Conversation with Sonia Nazario at San Jose State University

October 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

San Diego Community College District

Shasta College

California Documentary Project NEXT GEN (CDP NEX GEN)

CDP NEXT GEN is a new funding opportunity in support of California’s next generation of documentary mediamakers age 18 and under that focuses on the lives and experiences of young Californians. We seek short, insightful nonfiction films and/or podcasts reflecting a broad cross-section of young Californians’ perspectives that tell original stories about life in California today. California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies with youth media programs may apply for funding up to $15,000. Deadline: September 14, 2018.

The grant deadline for CDP NEXT GEN was Friday, September 14. For grant guidelines and application instructions, please visit the California Documentary Project Grants page. An informational webinar on how to apply to CDP NEXT GEN was held on Monday, August 20. Awards will be announced in November.

Humanities For All Grants: Youth Voices

The Humanities for All grant program supports locally-initiated public humanities projects. The Youth Voices strand of this grant program aims to reach and engage with California’s youth, specifically projects and activities that involve teens as primary program participants or audiences. Youth Voices aims to open conversations on issues that matter to teens.

California Youth Documentaries

An original series of short documentary films that highlight the voices and perspectives of young Californians as they reflect on the challenges they face and the futures they envision. It will highlight the voices and perspectives of soon-to-be-voting age youth, shedding light not only on the problems we face, but also on the solutions youth are providing. The series will be a centerpiece for a broader statewide conversation about California’s youth and the future of California. 

CA 2020 invites people of all ages to participate in CA 2020. 

CA 2020 is funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative, in partnership with the Pulitzer Prizes and administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Additional support for this initiative has been provided by the Stuart Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation, The McConnell Foundation, the Parker Foundation, Nordson Corporation Foundation, Knight Foundation Fund, and the California Arts Council.