The following organizations helped create and/or promote the Good Citizen Challenge.
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
“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.'”
Veteran Vermont journalist and radio host Dave Gram interviews Seven Days’ deputy publisher Cathy Resmer and Bristol teen Ethan Sonneborn, candidate for governor, before the Good Citizen launch event at the Statehouse in Montpelier, at the start of the legislature’s 2018 special session.
(WCAX-TV) The Good Citizen Challenge is putting Vermont kids to the test. The friendly civics competition designed by Seven Days/Kids VT aims to help kids learn about government and prompt them to become more involved in their communities. Galen Ettlin spoke with Seven Days’ Deputy Publisher Cathy Resmer about how the competition works.