We believe an authentically empowered person engages in their community and that civic engagement is a natural outcome of feeling fully empowered.

18 grows community and civic engagement through our programs and events.

One of our favorite things to do is hit the road and get to know your community. Our Road Trip Tours take us into your community for a week. We get to know you and engage with your community by hosting events that feature local live music, food and arts.

Learn more about our Road Trips and hosting 18 in your community

Community and Civic Engagement Through Design: Design For Democracy

In 2018, Nonprofit VOTE and AIGA, held a nationwide contest, Building Community Power, calling for social media content encouraging first-time voters to cast their ballot in the midterm elections in 2018.

18’s Youth designers explored the power of design and social media to inspire Youth to vote in the 2018 midterms. 18’s student designers submitted animations, graphics and social media content.

18’s winning student design appeared on NASDAQ Board in Times Square during NYCxDESIGN week, Building Community Power and driving civic engagement through design.

Community and Civic Engagement Through Design: New York State
United Teachers MEME Contest

In collaboration with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), 18 held a MEME contest calling on New York Youth to register to vote: “Let’s Register NY to Vote!”

Together, NYSUT and 18 called on New York Youth to take action by registering to vote 18’s TurboVote Voter Registration Page, following 18 on IG and starting a local 18 Chapter.

Want to start a local 18 Chapter? We’ve got the tools for you to do it. Get in Touch!

Grassroots Community and Civic Engagement: 18’s Post It Pop Ups

Grassroots street engagement is one of our favorite ways of creating moments of organic connection, community and accountability between strangers who might otherwise have passed each other by. 18’s Post It Pop Ups invite communities to engage with one another and with their right to vote, asking “What are you voting for?”

Want to host an 18 Post It Pop Up in your town?  Get in touch and we’ll share the tools and inspiration to help you engage your community.

Walk Your Talk

We believe in Walking Your Talk.  We celebrate and profile everyday Americans Walking Their Talk and doing extraordinary things to engage in civics and their communities.

 “I say to my kids it’s about being engaged, and it’s about showing people that you are a citizen and citizens take action.  Citizens don’t sit back and wait.   Government is not a spectator sport.”
“What kind of teacher would I be if I preach this but then I do nothing? I have to take a lead.”   Deb Ciamacca, AP Government teacher & former marine.


After a career as a U.S. Marine, an award winning AP Government teacher who motivated her students to register to their peers to vote, and garnering national attention for her stance on guns in schools, Deb Ciamacca is running for PA state rep in 2020. Were following her and the Youth working on her campaign as they engage their communities by Walking Their Talk..


Deb Ciamacca: Walking Her Talk

Time: Ex-Marine, Current Teacher: Don’t Arm Me With Guns

Comedy Central: Should America’s Teachers Be Packing Heat?

Do you know someone who Walks Their Talk?  We want to share their story.  Get in touch and tell us more.