Ready for a Challenge?

Learn more about your community, country and world by doing the 2022 Good Citizen Challenge!

Did you know the first commercial globe maker in the United States lived in Bradford, Vt.? The Vermont History Museum has an exhibit about him opening this summer. Farmer and blacksmith James Wilson learned cartography, geography and engraving, and in 1810 made and sold the first globes produced in the Americas. They helped people in the U.S. understand more about the world and their place in it.

Complete the 2022 Challenge for a chance to win a new globe, a $100 gift card to Phoenix Books and a free trip to Washington, D.C. from Milne Travel! All who finish the Challenge will be invited to a VIP reception at the Vermont State House this fall.

James Wilson
Roy Frederic Heinrich, Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-DS-04089
Get Started!

The Summer 2022 Good Citizen Challenge is organized by Burlington-based Seven Days, — Vermont’s locally owned, independent weekly — and its free quarterly parenting magazine Kids VT with help from the Vermont Historical Society and underwriting support from the Vermont Community Foundation.

2022 Good Citizen Challenge Organizers

Kids VT
Seven Days
Vermont Historical Society

2022 Good Citizen Challenge Underwriter

The Vermont Community Foundation

2022 Good Citizen Challenge Partners

Milne Travel
Front Porch Forum
VPR / Vermont PBS
Vermont State House
Phoenix Books

WHY CIVICS?

We the people of the United States are deeply divided. What better time to focus on the American values we all share?

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Touring the Statehouse!

On March 27, 2019 the 2018 class of Good Citizens met Gov. Phil Scott and were recognized by the Vermont House for their contributions to their communities.

“However we choose to fulfill our civic duty, each of us has a role to play. This responsibility to and respect for each other is part of what makes Vermont so special. So that’s why I’m very pleased to help celebrate the launch of this program, which I hope will encourage young Vermonters to learn more about our state, their communities, government and our civic responsibilities.”

Vermont Governor Phil Scott
“It’s just very exciting for me to see [the Good Citizen Challenge] and the idea that you can get points by having a conversation with someone who you disagree with, and see what you learn from it. Because really, that’s what happens in this building all the time.”
Lt. Governor David Zuckerman
“I’m often asked to visit high schools and colleges to talk about civic engagement, and my message is always: Even if you can’t vote yet, there are so many important ways you can get involved.”
Secretary of State Jim Condos

“There are real people behind stereotypes we paint of the other side. The Good Citizen Challenge helps more young people understand that when you engage in the discourse, those stereotypes start to fade. And you start to truly understand what it means to be a good citizen.”

Ethan Sonneborn, 14, candidate for governor
“Our youth have so much to offer. We simply, in light of the opportunities and the challenges we face today, cannot afford to squander that potential.”
Liz Gamache, Vermont Community Foundation; former mayor of St. Albans
Cathy Resmer

“How can Americans participate in their democracy — or defend it — if they don’t understand the principles on which it rests? As former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said, ‘Civic knowledge can’t be handed down the gene pool. It has to be learned.'”

Cathy Resmer, Seven Days / Kids VT

Photo: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur

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