The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

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The National Civic League has pulled together a wealth of resources to support local communities as they explore applying for the All-America City Award.  Review the materials below for key resources to help you better understand the application process, what we mean by engagement and to discover other tools to help you advance civic engagement for your community.  

As you fill out the application, it may be helpful to consult the following materials:

All-America City Award Related Resources

  1. The All-America City Experience: Brief informational video on the award program
  2. Previous All-America City presentations
  3. Previous All-America City Award Event Program
  4. Previous Applications:

 Engagement Resources

  1. National Civic League’s Civic Index to help evaluate your civic infrastructure
  2. National Civic Leagues ’s All-America Conversations Toolkit
  3. Asset-based framework--Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization’s Capacity. (Provided by permission of co-author John McKnight)

 National Civic Review Articles on Civic Engagement:

  1. What Makes an All-America City?
  2. Hampton, Virginia: Civic Engagement as a Management Strategy
  3. Dubuque: Creating a Culture of Engagement
  4. Decatur, Georgia: Diversity, Gentrification, and the Art of Community Conversation

Healthy Community Resources

  1. National Civic Review Healthy Communities issues
  2. Kaiser Permanente Community Health Resources
  3. Well Being Trust
  4. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    • Healthy Communities (includes Built Environment and Health; Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Health Disparities; Social Determinants of Health)
    • Healthy Children, Healthy Weight (Child and Family Well-Being; Childhood Obesity and Early Childhood)
    • Health Systems (Health Care Coverage and Access; Health Care Quality and Value and Public and Community Health)
  5. Housing and Health
  6. Centers for Disease Control – Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit
  7. National Association of County and City Health Officials - Resource Hub
  8. PublicHealth- Personal Healthcare Guides

Equity Resources

  1. Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative
  2. W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Initiative
  3. Model Executive Ordinances to Secure Equity

All-America City made me so hopeful about America’s future - a total antidote to the negativity that can sometimes corrode our civic life.

Curtis Johnson, Executive Editor of Citiscope

Promising Practices Webinars

This free monthly webinar series highlights successful projects around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement. By equipping individuals, institutions and local governmental bodies through this series with ideas, models and insights that can be adopted/adapted to individual communities National Civic League hopes to accelerate the pace of change in communities across the country. These webinars are free and open to anyone who is interested in creating stronger communities.

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