Girvydas Doublys

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2002


This profile was prepared when Girvydas Doublys was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Girvydas believes that civic education offers an opportunity to dramatically affect the world beyond school walls. By working through public schools, he connects with a diverse student body and gains access to an institution that is open to new ideas. He engages the student body in the student election process, revitalizes classroom learning through a dynamic curriculum, and offers leadership training and support for newly elected students. Through his national effort called Action Days, students identify and solve pressing problems in their local communities. With Girvydas's leadership, students are advocating for important initiatives, like public parks, greater support for single mothers, and student representation in local government. He has designed a set of experiential learning opportunities that also engage teachers, parents, local government authorities, and journalists. As a result, the community members witness the power of the democratic process firsthand and see concrete results from initiatives of their own design.
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