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.

February 19, 2020

Promising Practices Webinar: Taking Climate Actions at the Local Level

Participants heard from two cities that are taking on the issue of sustainability with resident-driven initiatives. The Sustainability Division in Lakewood, CO discussed its sustainability plan, as well as the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program. The Office of Sustainability in Chula Vista, CA discussed its Climate Action Challenge.

January 22, 2020

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Community Collaborations to Address Mental Health

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” This webinar will highlighted two community programs that are addressing mental health issues through collaborations and unique partnerships.

December 17, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Do you want to be an All-America City?

Previous winning communities and our longtime lead volunteer presented on their All-America City journey with tips for applying, the types of projects they submitted and an update on the benefits they have seen from winning the award.

November 13, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Engaging your Community Outside of City Hall

Three communities shared how they are engaging residents where they live, using unique and entertaining approaches. Highlighted community events included: Denver Days, Porchfest and National Night Out.

October 16, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Leadership Academies – Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary

Hear how the leadership academies of the City of Wichita, KS and the City of El Paso, TX evolved to offer a more innovative and advanced civic learning experience.

September 19, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Creating a Culture of Engagement – Tools and Practical Examples

This webinar gave participants tools and practical examples for creating a culture of engagement in their communities. Doug gave an overview of the National Civic League’s tool, the Civic Index, and Cori Burbach and Paul Duster discussed examples of how Dubuque has engaged its community over a prolonged period of time.

August 28, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Improving Health and Fitness through Inclusive Community Challenges

Two 2019 All-America Cities speak about local programs and health challenges aimed at addressing obesity, diabetes and general well-being.

July 25, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Youth Engagement, Embracing the Power of Youth Voice

Attendees heard from this year’s John Parr Youth Award winners and learn about the youth engagement work happening at the Mikva Challenge.

May 23, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Equitable and Collaborative Economic Development

Learn about two communities that are being mindful about collaboration and equity in their economic development projects.

Ubax Gardheere, Equity Strategies Manager at the City of Seattle’s Office of Planning & Community Development spoke about Seattle’s approach to equitable development.

Kevin Mitchell, Town Engineer in the Town of Mount Pleasant’s Planning and Engineering Department talked about the town’s collaborative Shem Creek Revitalization project which ensured that the waterfront was accessible to all residents.

April 25, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Community Approaches to Inclusive Healthy Housing

The National Civic League was joined by organizations bringing healthy housing to their communities. Suzanne Mineck, President of the Mid Iowa Health Foundation and Emily Yu, Executive Director of BUILD Health Challenge spoke about Healthy Homes Des Moines and the BUILD Health Challenge. Leroy Moore, Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Tampa Housing Authority spoke about Encore TAMPA.

March 19, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Community Collaborations to Improve Student Health

During this All-America Cities Promising Practices webinar, Susan Witkowski, CHCQM, CEO of Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County discussed the offerings of their school-based health center. and Lisa Campbell, CEO of Create a Change in Las Vegas, NV discussed their Healthy School, Healthy Life Program.

February 13, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Leveraging Education to Achieve Equity and Improve Futures

Two All-America Cities spoke about how they are utilizing education programs to achieve equity and improve economic and community futures.

January 10, 2019

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Addressing Addiction on a Community-Wide Level

Two communities discussed their local intervention programs to address drug and/or alcohol abuse. Beaverton, OR spoke about their B-SOBR program and Hamilton County, OH gave an overview of their Hamilton County Heroin Coalition.

December 19, 2018

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Engaging the Public in Fiscal Matters

Can the public really help local governments make solid budget decisions? Of course! Two communities – Hampton, Virginia, and Placentia, California – will share how residents have contributed their views on budget matters. In Hampton, City Manager Mary Bunting will discuss the I-Value effort in Hampton. In Placentia, Rosanna Ramirez, the city’s director of administrative services, will talk about the city’s Citizens Fiscal Sustainability Task Force.

Join the National Civic League for this free webinar on Wednesday, December 19th at 11:30 am PST/12:30 pm MST/1:30 pm CST/2:30 pm EST

November 15, 2018

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Community-Wide Visioning with an Equity Lens

Learn more about how two All-America Cities underwent a community-wide visioning process with a specific focus on engagement and equity. Decatur, GA discusses their visioning process, “Better Together.” San Antonio, TX discusses their process, SA2020.

October 16, 2018

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Supporting Community Mental Health

The National Civic League was joined by Longmont, CO and Stockton, CA to share how they support mental health in their communities.

September 20, 2018

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: So you want to be an All-America City?

2018 All-America City winners, Kershaw County, SC and Las Vegas, NC, presented on their All-America City journey with tips for applying, the types of projects they submitted and an update on the benefits they have seen from winning the award.

September 14, 2018

AAC Promising Practices Webinar: Stable, Affordable, Equitable Housing

Learn how the Sankofa Initiative became a multi-pronged approach, responding to housing, public safety, community environment, income, quality of life and pride in their community. The presenters tackled root causes of health inequalities to achieve health equity for members of the community.

August 7, 2018

Public Libraries Lending Social Work Resources to Vulnerable People

Public libraries see some of the community’s most pressing problems up close. In this webinar, learn how libraries have leveraged community partnerships, trained staff, developed programs and even engaged customers.

July 17, 2018

Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Efforts in Local Government

Presenters Nolan Atkinson, chief diversity officer in Philadelphia, and Darlene Flynn, director of Oakland’s Department of Race and Equity, discuss how they tackle diversity and inclusion and racial equity in local governments, pioneering the work in their respective cities.

May 24, 2018

Building Community Trust Using Police Data and Dashboards

In this webinar, attorney Bob Scales and San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia discussed the challenges of collecting use of force data and successes from sharing data with the community. Both addressed how data can be used to engage and the community as well as how city leaders have used data for risk management and budget allocations.

April 23, 2018

Community Dialogues with On the Table

The Chicago Community Trust’s annual region-wide civic engagement initiative On the Table has provided an annual forum for tens of thousands of Chicagoans to engage in meaningful conversation, develop new relationships and inspire action to make a difference in communities.

March 21, 2018

Infusing Engagement in City Planning and Visioning

In this webinar, National Civic League Fellow, Larry Schooler, will discuss two engagement projects he managed, Imagine Austin and Our Vision Fort Lauderdale.

February 22, 2018

Infusing Equity in City Government – How and Where

Equity is becoming an important part in government operations and services, but how and where can a city government begin? In this webinar, National Civic League fellow Dante James will share a list of examples for how to begin to infuse equity throughout city government.

January 17, 2018

2018 All-America City Application Tips

Learn more about the application guidelines and criteria for the 2018 All-America City Award. Somerville, Massachusetts’ Deputy Communications Director, Jackie Rossetti, joined to provide insight and tips from a previous winner.

December 12, 2017

Building Equity in Parks and Recreation

In this webinar, participants will learn how parks and recreation systems can be transformed by using an equity lens. In Minnesota, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has used equity to decide how resources and improvements are made.

November 28, 2017

The Power of Libraries to Foster Inclusive Civic Engagement

In communities of every size, public libraries provide leadership, information, tools, and a place where people connect to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of active civic engagement. Presenters include Chris Becker, Senior Consultant for the Urban Libraries Council and Sheila Umberger, Director of Libraries for Roanoke, Virginia

October 16, 2017

Racial Equity and Healing

The Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change in our society, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

September 14, 2017

So You Want to be an All-America City?

Learn more about the 2018 All-America City Award Program – Promoting Equity Through Inclusive Civic Engagement. Previous winning communities presented on their All-America City journey with tips for applying, the types of projects they submitted and an update on the benefits they have seen from winning the award.

July 31, 2017

Educational Equity

Learn from 2017 All-America City Winners, Stockton-San Joaquin Valley, CA and Dayton, OH, about educational equity strategies for community-based work to help more children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success.

June 29, 2017

Health Equity and the Role of Civic Engagement

Understanding what matters when it comes to health equity and American communities.

May 23, 2017

Fair and Affordable Housing Strategies

Presentations from Cashauna Hill, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and Phil Eide, Senior Vice President, Community and Economic Development at Hope Enterprise Corporation

March 29, 2017

Creating Spaces for Youth-led Initiatives

Presenters: Deirdre Love, Teens With a Purpose, Norfolk, Virginia and Alejandra Silva, Youth Equity Coordinator, Building Health Communities Salinas, California

March 14, 2017

How Cities Can Foster Positive Relationships Between Youth and Police

Building relationships between young people and police can bring positive results for your city.

February 21, 2017

Inclusive Civic Engagement Practices

Learn from Seattle, Washington; Dubuque, Iowa; and Lakewood, Colorado on their strategies for inclusive civic engagement and how you can adapt them for your community. 

April 25, 2017

Community Policing

Learn from All-America City winner Columbia Heights, Minnesota and from Sean Smoot, a 21st Century Policing Consultant, on community policing strategies. 


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