For the past 10 years, the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), together with the Corporation for National and Community Service and community level collaborative teams across the nation, has documented the state of civic life in America in 76 city, state and national Civic Health Index (CHI) reports. These CHI reports and partnerships have changed the way governments go about their work, reintroduced civics to our classrooms, redirected investments to civic infrastructure, influenced national and local conversations about the importance of civic engagement in addressing issues of significant concern to the community, and bolstered a network of civic leaders across the country. These reports, partnerships, and the actions taken in response to the data represent a treasure trove of information.

The Civic Renewal Initiative will build upon this strong foundation in 2016 to engage new voices, ideas, and networks in sparking civic renewal by empowering residents to engage in solving their own most pressing challenges. We invite your participation in the following opportunities:

Regional Conversations on Civic Renewal: Broadening the Scope of Influence

Through the Civic Renewal Initiative, we seek to engage diverse partners focused on issues of concern including community and economic development, democratic process, equity, workforce development, youth development, health and wellness, community renewal, and others. Together we will explore how civic engagement can aid in addressing our communities’ most pressing challenges. Leading up to the fall convening, we will engage partners nationwide in a series of conversations about the landscape of civic renewal, who needs to be at the table in community efforts, and how we advance our collective work. To receive additional information on these conversations, please contactCivicRenewal@NCoC.net.

Principles and Practices of Civic Engagement: Telling the Story of Civic Renewal

The experiences of partners shaping civic renewal efforts across the country represent a wealth of knowledge, resources and models that can be applied in new fields. We invite your support in developing and sharing resources with this broader field including principles and practices of civic engagement, characteristics of resilient and engaged communities, and lessons learned from our Civic Health Index partnerships.

Through this series of knowledge sharing, research, conversation, and convening, NCoC will examine and share civic engagement strategies that have the potential to spark a civic renewal movement across the country. We invite you to bring your experience, ideas, and networks to the conversation. Please contact CivicRenewal@NCoC.net to get involved.

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