What is Civic Engagement?

 

Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

League of Women Voters encourages all who are interested to get involved either at the local, state or federal level. Running for office isn't for everyone, but voicing your opinion is. Our democracy is strengthened through the many voices that exist in our communities today. Letter writing, phone calls, posting on social media or attending community meetings are all ways in which everyone can be engaged. 


Resources

We The Voters.  Films for Educational Outreach for Civic Engagement. Each films is about five minutes long, the films are a mix of documentary, narrative, and animation, with accompanying discussion guide that includes information on how to host a screening and foster audience engagement.

Setting the Table for Civility. Tools for encouraging civil discourse with the goal of getting Americans of different points of view to talk together and, most importantly, listen to each other.  These discussions can take place as people gather over meals or at events created to promote civility over the holidays.

Civic Engagement in the Digital Age. Pew Study, August 2013