Apply Now for a Taylor L. Willingham Grant
Could you use some funding to plan or kickstart a public engagement project in your community?
Applications for small grants will be accepted until December 31, 2015, and recipient(s) will be announced by January 15, 2016.
Grants are provided to individuals to enable them to develop an understanding of deliberative democracy and launch one or more deliberative dialogues in their communities and organizations in order to advance National Issues Forums Institute’s(NIFI) overall mission, which is to promote public deliberation about national issues.
Read more and for link to download an application…
The 2016 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit will be held May 31 and June 1, 2016, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
The UMCES planning committee and staff from Campus Compacts in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin invite session proposals related to this year’s conference theme: Beyond Service: Education, Research, and Work for a Just World. Campus Compact’s 30th anniversary action statement calls on higher education leaders to “harness the capacity of our institutions–through research, teaching, partnerships, and institutional practice–to challenge the prevailing social and economic inequalities that threaten our democratic future.” How can colleges and universities integrate this work more deeply into their core missions and operations, rather than marginalizing it as service? How can we best “prepare our students for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to deliberate, act, and lead in pursuit of the public good”–not only in their spare time, but throughout their personal and professional lives?
Proposals are due February 12, 2016, for two-hour deep dive sessions, one-hour breakouts, and 15-minute mini-sessions. Faculty, staff, and student and community leaders are welcome to share research findings, program models, and new ideas or facilitate discussion on pressing issues. More details and the online submission form are available at: http://www.midwestengagementsummit.org/proposals.html.
In the 1980’s, Latinos were described as America’s sleeping giant.
Over these decades, Latinos have gradually increased their civic aptitude and today are influencing the country’s civic life. With the release of the National Conference on Citizenship’s (NCOC) Latinos Civic Health Index, we now have an in-depth understanding of Latino civic engagement across a wide range of indicators.
The report finds that Latino youth are at the forefront of increasing civic engagement within their communities. While overall Latino civic participation rates are lower than the rest of the population, improved educational opportunities, English language proficiency, and a higher than average rate of social media usage create increased avenues for youth engagement.
Two particularly interesting findings are that young Latino Internet users use social networking sites at higher rates (80%) than non-Latino whites (70%) and African Americans (75%). Additionally, lower income Latino youth are more likely than their higher income Latino counterparts to use social media. Combined, these points offer new opportunities for civic organizations and governments to focus on social media as a way to increase engagement.
The report, which is available in English and Spanish, can be found here.
Roosevelt’s Rewriting the Rules report continues to make waves. They just released new opinion research conducted by Democracy Corps which shows that voters have an overwhelmingly positive response to the Rewriting the Rules frame and agenda. The message of the report – which argues that comprehensive reforms can grow the economy and reduce inequality – fuels enthusiasm for the election among key voting demographics.
The opinion research, based on focus groups and a national poll, shows that likely voters soundly reject trickle-down economics in favor of an agenda to rewrite the rules of the economy, challenge corporate interests that manipulate our political system in their favor, and level the playing field to promote growth. Some key takeaways:
• More than 80 percent agree and nearly 60 percent strongly agree that “the rules of the economy matter and the top 1 percent have used their influence to shape the rules of the economy to their advantage.”
• Voters are skeptical of conservative economic principles. The term “trickle down” is greeted negatively by 45 percent of voters – more than twice the number who react positively.
• Progressive economic proposals are far more popular across the electorate, and that popularity grows when the public hears the Rewriting the Rules narrative. Voters are even more supportive when the agenda starts with reforming the corrupt system of financing politics.
For more information check out the poll memo, slides, and toplines
From our friends at the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE):
Analysis: GOP Candidates Should Reach Out to Youth
The 2016 election cycle is underway, with much of the news and attention so far focused on the race for the Republican nomination, so CIRCLE began to look at national data on youth support for the Republican party. While many assume that young people are solidly Democratic voters, youth support has historically been competitive in presidential elections, and 43% of youth voted for a Republican in House races in 2014.
There is a solid group of young people who have affiliated with or supported the Republican party, and if candidates would like to mobilize these youth, they’ll need to do outreach.
Read more here for CIRCLE’s summary of national data on youth and the Republican party.
Guest Post Series on Impact Measures: Critical Consciousness
As part of CIRCLE’s efforts to promote conversation between research and practice, CIRCLE is hosting a guest post series about impact measures. The first post in the series is from a team of scholars who have developed a series of measures with young people intended to understand the status and changes to young people’s critical consciousness. The authors provide background on the concept and ideas for how the measures can be used by youth programs.
To read their post and access the measures click here. Also, join CIRCLE on Facebook and Twitter for an ongoing conversation about impact measures. Look for more posts about impact measures on the CIRCLE site over the course of the fall.