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Democracy Camp

$7,550
151%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
30 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 23, at 11:59 PM PST
Project Owners

Democracy Camp

On behalf of IGS and the Matsui Center we are sending out a huge thank you to all of our generous donors who helped us reach our initial goal of $5,000 in less than two weeks! We are overwhelmed by the support and so excited about Democracy Camp. We have created a new stretch goal of $7,500, which will fully fund the Camp this year. Please continue to show your support by sharing our project with your networks and friends! Thank you so much, and Go Bears!

Help Students Answer the Call to Public Service, Sooner!

Democracy Camp is a new program for Cal students interested in enhancing our democracy through public service.  This four day spring break “boot-camp” will help 16 undergrad students get engaged, empowered and informed faster about how to make an impact in their communities and beyond.  Democracy Camp will help students chart their path to a meaningful public service career.   

Please make your gift today and help us spread the word!

This program will train a new generation of leaders: young people who reflect our society and come from all walks of life.  We believe that attracting people with varied perspectives and life experiences to public service will ensure more effective and representative government moving forward.  Democracy Camp will give students first-hand exposure to different facets of a public service career: legislative paths, community organizations, local, state and federal  government, and philanthropy.  Participants will learn directly from presenters about the opportunities available in these fields. They will have networking opportunities and build a cohort amongst themselves to support their career goals. There will also be skill-building modules that focus on practical and tangible takeaways: interviewing, resume writing and mentoring.  

Democracy Camp is sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) and the Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service at the University of California, Berkeley. IGS stands at the forefront of research, teaching and service in California and American politics and policy. Interdisciplinary and non-partisan, we foster thoughtful discussions of issues across party lines that focus on solutions – not just problems. Our mission is anchored by a belief in the transformational power of public service.

How You Can Help

With your help, we hope to raise $5,000 to fund Democracy Camp. Democracy Camp will primarily serve first generation, non-traditional and transfer students. This program increases access and opportunity for all Cal students, especially those who can’t afford to participate in an unpaid summer internship.  In addition to the experiential learning program and additional reading materials, all meals and snacks will be provided to students during the week.  This will help defray costs for students who may otherwise be concerned about food insecurity during Spring Break. IGS staff are donating their time to create this opportunity for students will facilitate this program.  Additional funds raised above our goal will offset these costs.  

Please help us reach our goal of $5,000 by making a gift today!  Your support will ensure that we are able to provide the best educational experience possible for UC Berkeley’s motivated change-makers!

To learn more, visit: igs.berkeley.edu/student-learning/democracy-camp

Thank you for your support!

Our way
of Thanking You

$25

Twitter Shout Out

For donations of $25 or more, we’ll post a shout out to you or the person of your choosing on our Twitter account.

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Estimated Delivery: March 2018

$50

Facebook Shout Out

For donations of $50 or more, we’ll post a photo shout out to you or the person of your choosing on our Facebook account.

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$100

Thank You Note

For donations of $100 or more, you’ll receive a handwritten thank you card from a student.

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$250

Thank You Video

For donations of $250 or more, you’ll receive a short personalized thank you video.

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$500

Democracy Camp doodle

For donations of $500 or more, you’ll get a personal Democracy Camp doodle (by our resident student artist)

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$1,000

Attend Democracy Camp

For donations of $1,000 or more, you’ll be invited to attend Democracy Camp for a morning reception and meet with students participating in the program.

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Estimated Delivery: March 2018
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