Libraries Transforming Communities: The Movement Towards Civic Hubs

August 2, 2022

Libraries represent some of the last public spaces that are accessible to all people, particularly to those individuals from populations that have been historically marginalized. They are champions of lifelong learning that provide public access to technology and foster opportunities for users to explore new ideas and satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

Democratic Engagement: A Review at Johns Hopkins University

August 2, 2022

Americans can be overly focused on national politics, a trend that could be contributing to affective polarization, a sense of frustration with democracy among citizens, and an absence of community buy-in for local democratic outcomes. Universities have a critical role to play promoting local engagement in their specific communities.

Creating Partnerships for Effective Youth Civic Learning

August 2, 2022

Civic learning can take many forms, with research demonstrating that applied civic learning opportunities that actively engage students in informed action have the most beneficial impacts, and the benefits of these experiences extend beyond the individual youth participants, to improve a broad range of youth, school, and community outcomes.

Growing Voters in the Classroom and Beyond

August 2, 2022

We cannot expect young people to turn 18, be handed a voter registration form, and automatically become informed, engaged, and motivated voters. Civic attitudes and electoral processes must be learned—not just the how, but the why of our democracy, which is only strong and sustainable when all people are educated and empowered to participate.

Critical Thinkers for a Critical Time: Debate as a Foundation for Youth Civic Engagement

August 2, 2022

While classrooms have traditionally been a place of learning and inquiry, an increased awareness of the dynamics of classrooms, along with their hyper politicization, has suggested that we need a different forum in which to nurture the skills necessary for good civic communication. For thousands of young people across the United States, debate provides a foundation for civic engagement.

Concerned About Civic Learning? Consider the Learning Environment

August 2, 2022

Teachers do not need to shy away from teaching their students the challenges and virtues of democratic self-governance. Democracy can inform how their classrooms operate and how they choose to teach. It is more than a curriculum. It is part and parcel of the learning environment.

Converting and Reusing Declining Houses of Worship for Community Benefit

April 15, 2022

Faith institutions, municipalities, and communities need to prepare themselves for the decline and closure of houses of worship to assess how to transform them from empty hulks into neighborhood assets.

NACo Announces Collaborative Criminal Justice Program for Counties

April 15, 2022

The purpose of the project is to assist county officials, the criminal courts, and public safety leaders in partnering to establish priorities and better align available resources, including funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Case Study: Neighborhood Matching Grants in Charlotte, North Carolina

April 15, 2022

The city’s matching grant program combines dedicated city staff, passionate neighborhood leaders, and an ironclad commitment to harnessing Charlotte residents’ passion for their community to improve it from the neighborhood level outward.

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