Our democracy depends on people being aware of and getting involved with public issues that face our communities and country. Morven Park’s Center for Civic Impact is all about inspiring and preparing young citizens to be engaged citizens who can step up to this responsibility. So, what is engaged citizenship?
Engaged citizenship is … standing up and becoming an active participant in your democracy.
When more of us get involved in our democracy, our community and elected leaders can better understand our needs and make informed decisions. If you don’t speak up, your voice can’t be heard.
Engaged citizenship is … paying attention and examining current issues.
Whether you watch Bill Maher or Bill O’Reilly, it is important to know what is going on in the world and consult different sources in order to form your own opinion on the issues of the day. Share your thoughts with others and learn from people who may see things differently than you.
Engaged citizenship is … taking responsibility for the future we all share.
The choices we make will directly affect the world around us for years to come. We have the power both to help and to harm, which means we must take responsibility for our choices and think deeply about the repercussions of our actions. As Spiderman said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Engaged citizenship is … making an impact.
One of the easiest and most important ways to make an impact is to be a regular and informed voter. But, there’s more to it than going to the voting booth – making your civic impact means being an everyday activist. Get moving to make the changes you want to see.
LET’S GET STARTED! At the Center for Civic Impact we invite you to join the movement to get engaged and make your impact. Learn more about our programs for K-12 students or contact us with questions and ideas.