Get Engaged

Frontier High School mock trial members interact with Ventura County Superior Court Judge Brian Back.

Frontier High School mock trial members interact with Ventura County Superior Court Judge Brian Back.

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.