Civic Engagement is "working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combinationof 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."
Thomas Ehrlich, (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)
When you volunteer your time, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to promote the quality of life in your community, or when you find ways to positively impact individuals, organizations and issues and contribute to the common good of a community — that is civic engagement, and when you are civically engaged, you are a LEADER! That is CIVIC LEADERSHIP!
If you, your group or organization, or just a few friends would like to find opportunities to serve in our community, please contact Vernette Doty (firstname.lastname@example.org) for ideas, contacts, and support.
Here are some ways you can be civically engaged:
Community Service and Volunteerism- Addressing the immediate needs of our social and ecological communities (hands-on service).
Community Building- Building trusting relationships among individuals and groups around issues of common concern.
Public Education- Drawing attention to, and creating awareness of local, national and global issues.
Community Development- Identifying or increasing the human or economic assets of a community.
Voting and Political Participation- Mobilizing influence on public policy through formal political channels.
Public Scholarship (Community Engaged Scholarship)- Engaging in research that serves the public interest and has community or social benefits.
Social Entrepreneurship- Using entrepreneurial principles to organize, create and manage a venture to make social change.
Adapted from the SOCIAL CHANGE WHEEL, Minnesota Campus Compact