Resources By Issue - Civic Engagement

Everyday Democracy believes we can create more vibrant and resilient communities by participating in civic life. Learning about national and local issues through newspapers and other media, donating to charity, voting in a local election, participating in faith-based community service activities – these are just some of the ways we engage with our community. They are also indicators of “civic health” - a measure of the wellbeing of a nation, state, or community that takes into account the depth of people’s engagement in local social and political life. Communities with better civic health tend to have higher community satisfaction rates, lower unemployment rates, and greater economic resilience.

These resources and stories come from our work in civic engagement, and it is our hope that they will inspire you become more connected to your own community. They include civic lesson plans and scorecards and community research that measure civic health.

Everyday Democracy is committed to specific civic engagement initiatives in the state of Connecticut.  Read more about our work with the Connecticut Civic Health Project and Connecticut Civic Ambassador Program here.

Connecticut Civic Ambassadors are everyday people who care about and engage others in their communities by creating opportunities for civic participation that strengthens our state’s "civic health."

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.