Civic engagement encompasses a wide range of activities. Voting is one of our most important rights and responsibilities, but civic engagement does not start or end at the ballot box. Participation can also include: volunteering at a local school or food bank, serving on a neighborhood association, supporting candidates, serving on a jury, or contacting elected officials to voice concerns or suggest solutions.
- Serve in a leadership role or on a committee at your school, neighborhood association or community organization.
- Do your research before voting. Attend candidate forums, watch debates and read endorsements for candidates. Avoid being swayed by sound bites.
- Attend a community meeting or workshop to learn more and ask questions about an issue that affects you or your community.
- Attend or watch a televised local city council meeting.
- Volunteer for a local campaign or the local branch of a larger election campaign (judicial, senate, presidential, etc.).
- Share your civic engagement experiences with others and encourage them to demonstrate their own civic responsibility.
- Take action when you witness injustice, mistreatment, or neglect.
- Volunteer time with a local political organization striving to get others civically engaged. This can be done through a local political party or a non-partisan group, such as the League of Women Voters.
- Contact your local school and offer your assistance with civic learning activities such as being a judge for a mock trial, helping with a field trip to city hall, doing a presentation on careers in public service or encouraging schools to include civic learning in their Local Control Accountability Plans which are a key component of the Local Control Funding Formula’s school finance reform.