OUR VISION

Citizen Discourse is a kinder, safer, and more nurturing learning environment for young people to access their voice, improve critical thinking, strengthen emotional learning, define their purpose, and create cross-community connections among their peers and mentors, encouraging productive civic engagement and action-oriented positive change.

Over the next 3 months, we are conducting a Seed fundraising round so that we can catapult our content creation and break ground on our platform development by Q1 next year. Simultaneously, we are launching our CD Platform Pilot Program with a third-party platform to optimize the user experience and determine what features we will need for our proprietary platform. Also during this time, we are conducting in-person salons in key target markets and finalizing our first set of curricula, which we plan to pilot in the Spring 2019.

Our goal is to become the leading organization in the creation and distribution of teen-driven content that shapes young people into critically thinking, engaged, informed, empathetic citizens of the world, both online and in real life.

ABout the Founder

Karen E. Gross, Esq. Founder + CEO

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Native to Connecticut and raised in El Paso, Texas, Karen earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Licensed in Texas, Karen spent a few years practicing criminal defense in Austin.  Prior to that she had the honor of serving as community director for the Austin Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit committed in mission to securing justice and fair treatment for all.  She oversaw the strategic growth and development of the office including the launch and implementation of the Austin/Travis County Hate Crimes Taskforce.  This community-minded initiative has the stated mission of reducing hate and bias throughout central Texas.

While taking time to travel and reconnect with family Karen developed the vision for Citizen Discourse.  One year in and she's as committed and focused as ever to build a movement towards a kinder and more civil society online and off.

Karen LOVES breakfast tacos, her dog Einstein, making big things happen, yoga, delicious (spicy) food and exploring places.  

Before law school Karen served as a policy director for an Austin City Council member.  This position helped instill a faith in democracy and good government. 

Karen has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 Karen@citizendiscourse.org



 
 
 

Maia S., a senior at Rangeview High gives voice to her generation's desire for a better way.

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 video hang w/ CD ambassadors

video hang w/ CD ambassadors

 Ann Richards School's Real Talk leadership shows the way.

Ann Richards School's Real Talk leadership shows the way.

 The earliest adopters. These guys make us believe! Westlake High mavericks.  Kirian M., Major O., Olivia H., Zane G.

The earliest adopters. These guys make us believe! Westlake High mavericks.

Kirian M., Major O., Olivia H., Zane G.