National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) Twitter: @NCoC Website: http://NCoC.org National Conference on Citizenship is a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America.
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We pursue our mission through a cutting-edge civic health initiative, an innovative national service project, and cross-sector conferences. At the core of our efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive. NCoC was founded in 1946 with the goal of harnessing the patriotic energy and civic involvement surrounding World War II. In 1953 seeing the value of NCoC’s mission, Congress formally chartered the organization with a mandate to “contribute concretely to the development of a more active, alert, enlightened, conscientious, and progressive citizenry.” This charter was signed by President Dwight Eisenhower and made into law. We have been dedicated to it ever since. In the following years, notable Chairmen included Chief Justice Earl Warren, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Harlan Fiske Stone, Charles E. Hughes, and Alben Barkley, and Justin Miller. In 2009, Congress named NCoC in the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, once again memorializing our important role. This legislation codified and expanded our Civic Health Initiative (CHI) helping it become the nation’s largest and most definitive measure of civic engagement. NCoC’s CHI is at the center of our work. Leveraging civic data, we have partnered with dozens of states, cities, and issue groups to draft reports and action plans to strengthen civic life. This initiative has also been an important incubator for programs such as the Civic Data Challenge and The Civic 50. Each program has used data and 21st century tools to create locally led, collective impact across our country. By 2020, we plan to integrate this pioneering initiative into ongoing partnerships in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In 2013, NCoC expanded our programs to promote national service. We have taken a leading role in the creation of the Service Year technology platform. We are doing this work in partnership with the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute. This platform will be a dynamic, online marketplace designed to significantly increase service opportunities for Americans between 18-28 years old. It brings together young people seeking service positions, organizations seeking service members, and funders looking to support these efforts. Our goal is to make the most commonly asked question of a young person, “Where are you going to do your service year?”

The Annual Conference on Citizenship is NCoC’s signature event. Held in proximity to Citizenship Day (also known as Constitution Day), NCoC convenes leaders in the field of civic engagement to exchange information and to discuss ways to progress our shared mission of encouraging Americans to become fully involved citizens. In addition to the Annual Conference, NCoC partners with institutions to host and convene programs, events, webinars, and discussions throughout the year. We are passionate about collaboration and civic health, and we hope you join us in strengthening our country.

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What are the social and economic costs of political violence in the United States?On Wednesday, April 28th at 2pm ET joi...
04/21/2021
The Costs of Political Violence in the United States

What are the social and economic costs of political violence in the United States?

On Wednesday, April 28th at 2pm ET join us for a moderated conversation with Dr. Andrew Blum, Rachel Brown, and Ashley Quarcoo to discuss:

-The human and economic harm and associated costs created by politically motivated acts of violence,

-The critical need for whole-of-society solutions and collaborative infrastructure to create meaningful and sustainable impact for those targeted by hate,

-Peace-building strategies led by targeted communities that prevent, respond to, and support recovery from hate crimes, terrorism, extremism, armed protests, and police brutality

REGISTER to JOIN below:

The health of our democracy requires investment in community-led solutions that combat political violence and mitigate its cost on society.

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04/15/2021

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the #26thAmendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 and prohibits age discrimination in voting, SLSV Coalition and our partners will highlight 26 amazing student activists who are working to achieve the Amendment’s full promise. #26forthe26th

Our first #26forthe26th activist is @TriCedu Democracy Fellow and Mandel Scholar Charese Harrison, an active community advocate and volunteer who works tirelessly to “make the world better not only for today, but for the next generation.”

'Pandemic to Prosperity: South' Update · Fair Count
04/09/2021
'Pandemic to Prosperity: South' Update · Fair Count

'Pandemic to Prosperity: South' Update · Fair Count

For decades, the American South has lagged on nearly every indicator of prosperity and equity. But the region has the potential to generate groundbreaking solutions to entrenched problems that lead the way for the entire nation. Join Fair Count, the Southern Economic Advancement Project, and the Nat...

In April and May, we're excited to share three upcoming Learning Circles for all civic leaders and organizations in our ...
04/07/2021

In April and May, we're excited to share three upcoming Learning Circles for all civic leaders and organizations in our network. We'll be covering civic education, the costs of political violence, and civic dialogue.

All events will take place as easy access, collaborative Zoom calls.

Learn more about the events and register here: https://ncoc.org/upcoming-events/

In April and May, we're excited to share three upcoming Learning Circles for all civic leaders and organizations in our network. We'll be covering civic education, the costs of political violence, and civic dialogue.

All events will take place as easy access, collaborative Zoom calls.

Learn more about the events and register here: https://ncoc.org/upcoming-events/

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03/29/2021

Timeline Photos

At the 2020 SLSV Coalition Post-Election Gathering, we recognized Coalition Partners that best exemplified our guiding principles. @BadgersVote, the @uwsystem campus-wide coalition, exemplifies the #SLSVCoalition Guiding Principle of Removing Barriers and Increasing Access.

Badgers Vote tackled the enormous challenge of issuing student voter IDs to students during the pandemic and campus closures by pulling together key campus partners who worked with @WI_Elections to create an electronic issue of the VoterID Card, for students to access from home.

Badgers Vote also coordinated various university partners to print copies of the electronic VoterIDs for students that didn't have access to a printer. Students were able to print their online cards at all on-campus early voting and Election Day polling locations.

In total, 2733 students were able to access the VoterID website to get their cards. On Election Day alone, 471 cards were issued to students. @BadgersVote ensured that all students had access to cast their vote, no matter the obstacle. #StudentVote

[Image description: Graphic on light blue background. The SLSV Coalition logo is in the top left corner. The text says "2020 SLSV Award for exemplifying the SLSV Coalition's Guiding Principle of Removing Barriers and Increasing Access." In the center of the image is University of Wisconsin, Madison's logo in a white box with a red shadow. Below that is an image of multiple students at a registration table. To the right is another image of a white board with multiple sticky notes below a sign that says "Why I Vote...".]

This Wednesday 12pm ET, excited to join our friends from Latvia & Norway to discuss the growing world of Democracy Festi...
03/22/2021
Latvia, Norway, and Beyond: Democracy Festivals Across the World

This Wednesday 12pm ET, excited to join our friends from Latvia & Norway to discuss the growing world of Democracy Festivals in Northern Europe - and how they can be used as platforms for important conversations.

REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latvia-norway-and-beyond-democracy-festivals-across-the-world-tickets-145547838503

Join representatives from Norway and Latvia to learn about the International Democracy Festivals advancing democracy across the world.

In Northern Europe, democracy festivals have become a vital part of the culture and life. Each summer, citizens and lead...
03/12/2021
Latvia, Norway, and Beyond: Democracy Festivals Across the World

In Northern Europe, democracy festivals have become a vital part of the culture and life. Each summer, citizens and leaders join together to exchange opinions and ideas from thriving democracies around the world. The tradition began in Sweden in 1968, and has since expanded to many countries.

Across Belgium, Latvia, Norway, and more, democracy festivals are creating a platform for dialogue between civil society, politicians, business, media, universities, citizens, and representatives from other countries.

On Wednesday, March 24th at 12 pm ET, we’re excited to be joined by representatives from Norway and Latvia to discuss the growing world of democracy festivals. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latvia-norway-and-beyond-democracy-festivals-across-the-world-tickets-145547838503

Join representatives from Norway and Latvia to learn about the International Democracy Festivals advancing democracy across the world.

“The country is very divided and we know from repeated high-quality surveys and studies that there’s widespread loss of ...
03/02/2021
Report lays groundwork for recommitment to civics education

“The country is very divided and we know from repeated high-quality surveys and studies that there’s widespread loss of confidence in our very form of government, in the American civic order. America, we think, is in this bad place in part because the American education system — not only in schools, but in higher education — has neglected the teaching of civics and American history,” said Paul Carrese, a principal investigator and founding director at the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.

Proud to be a partner of Educating for American Democracy to work towards a renewal and resurgence of civics and history education in America.

https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2021/03/report-lays-groundwork-for-recommitment-to-civics-education/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Gazette%2020210302%20(1)

In a report released March 1, “A Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy,” researchers at Harvard, Tufts, and other institutions laid out a strategy and other recommendations for a large-scale recommitment to the field of civics, which has seen investment decline during the last 50 years.

Some scenes from our last Learning Circle -“Engage, Inform, Print, Repeat” w/ @globeatmica @pipletterpress @theprintersu...
02/26/2021

Some scenes from our last Learning Circle -“Engage, Inform, Print, Repeat” w/ @globeatmica @pipletterpress @theprintersunion - an awesome time discussing the connections between printer/designers and civic organizations. Stay tuned for more Learning Circles!

The printing press has long been used as a tool for civic and political expression. On Wed at 2pm ET, we’re joining thre...
02/22/2021

The printing press has long been used as a tool for civic and political expression. On Wed at 2pm ET, we’re joining three amazing printer/designers @globeatmica, @pipletterpress, and @theprintersunion with civic leaders from across the country to discuss partnerships between printers, designers, and civic orgs! Join for free at ncoc.org/learn #printingpress #civicengagement

Image made by @globeatmica.

Art and the printing press has long been used as a tool for civic and political expression. Still today, it helps leader...
02/19/2021
Engage, Inform, Print, Repeat: How Printers Work and Play in Democracy

Art and the printing press has long been used as a tool for civic and political expression. Still today, it helps leaders and activists form messages and movements that have transformed civic and political engagement in our country.

NCoC is fortunate to partner with an exceptional group of designers and letterpress printers to bolster our civic messages and inspire our community. On Wednesday, February 24th at 2pm ET, we’re excited to be joined by three exceptional designers and printers. REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engage-inform-print-repeat-how-printers-work-and-play-in-democracy-tickets-142000488283

They’ll lead us in a discussion about the ways we can use art to better communicate and mobilize others. We’ll focus on unique partnerships between local printing houses and civic organizations - as well as the ways art can support a thriving local democracy. Our hope is to spark some creative ideas for your work.

Join three talented designers and printers to learn how they are collaborating with leaders and organizations to bolster civic messages.

Congratulations to Students Learn Students Vote Coalition on an incredible year contributing to historic youth voter tur...
02/10/2021

Congratulations to Students Learn Students Vote Coalition on an incredible year contributing to historic youth voter turnout levels. Read more about their work in 2020! #StudentVote

While we spent more time on Zoom than we did in-person, 2020 truly showed the power of collaborating for greater impact. #StudentVote

As our team nearly tripled in size, we provided our nearly 400 nonprofit partners and thousands of campuses with strategic direction, resources, funding, and connections. In turn, hundreds of local campus leaders across the country collectively contributed to a more equitable democracy.

Learn more about our work and how we contributed to historic youth turnout levels by checking out the 2020 SLSV Coalition Annual Report: sls.vote/annualreport

At the National Conference on Citizenship, we know it’s important for us to represent and serve all Americans. It’s the ...
02/09/2021
NCoC Adds New Leadership to Board of Directors | National Conference on Citizenship

At the National Conference on Citizenship, we know it’s important for us to represent and serve all Americans. It’s the only way we can truly advance American democracy for everyone. To better serve all of you, we’re focused on lifting up a wide-range of perspectives, expertise, and lived experiences.

In that light, we’re excited to announce four new members to our Board of Directors: Deborah Fallows, Joy Fulkerson, Katie Harbath, and Lizette Mata. Read more about these four incredible individuals joining our leadership:
https://ncoc.org/ncoc-adds-four-new-board-of-directors/

At the National Conference on Citizenship, we know it’s important for us to represent and serve all Americans. It’s the only way we can truly advance American democracy for everyone. In our long history as a congressionally-chartered nonprofit organization, we’ve continued to...

Today, we’re excited to join Fair Count and the Southern Economic Advancement Project to focus specifically on the South...
01/28/2021

Today, we’re excited to join Fair Count and the Southern Economic Advancement Project to focus specifically on the South. In the release of Pandemic to Prosperity: South, we’re bringing together data, research, and ideas that will guide the region's shift from response to recovery.

This South has lagged on nearly every indicator of prosperity and equity. But, it has the potential to generate groundbreaking solutions to entrenched problems that lead the way for the entire nation.

https://www.pandemictoprosperity.org/p2p-south

01/27/2021
Pandemic to Prosperity Learning Circle

January 21st marked one year since the announcement of COVID-19 on U.S. soil. Join the authors of Pandemic to Prosperity for a deep dive into recovery metrics.

Join us this Wednesday at 2pm ET for another expert-led NCoC Learning Circle.One year after the first announcement of Co...
01/25/2021
One Year After Covid-19 Announced on U.S. Soil: Data Recovery Metrics

Join us this Wednesday at 2pm ET for another expert-led NCoC Learning Circle.

One year after the first announcement of Covid-19 on U.S. soil, challenges continue to mount in communities. In the 5th release of Pandemic to Prosperity, we’ve curated the most important new information on healthcare, jobs, Covid-19, and more to help your community identify and address the many barriers to an equitable recovery from the pandemic.

The Learning Circle will be led by Senior Fellow Denice Ross, Director of Research Jeff Coates, as well as Allison Plyer, Senior Demographer for The Data Center in New Orleans to discuss these new findings.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-year-after-covid-19-announced-on-us-soil-data-recovery-metrics-tickets-137696354503

The next months and years will be defined by the recovery – and an equitable recovery requires trusted, reliable data.

In the United States, people who have had contact with the criminal justice system face unique and significant barriers ...
01/11/2021
Ensuring ALL Citizens Can Vote: Voting Rights for Incarcerated Individuals

In the United States, people who have had contact with the criminal justice system face unique and significant barriers to the ballot box. Although some justice-involved voters lose their right to vote because they have been convicted of a felony, many incarcerated voters who are in pretrial detention and serving misdemeanor sentences retain their rights. Voting from jail is enormously difficult, though, so many of these voters cannot access the ballot and exercise their fundamental right to vote.

Next Wednesday, January 13th at 2pm ET, we are fortunate to be joined by three experts in voting rights who have vast experience in combating voter suppression and outdated election rules.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ensuring-all-citizens-can-vote-voting-rights-for-incarcerated-individuals-tickets-135875022851

Learn how leaders and organizations are combating voter suppression tactics and rules that keep justice-involved citizens from voting.

It goes without saying that 2020 was extremely hard for all Americans. But, together we got through it. And, we believe ...
12/23/2020

It goes without saying that 2020 was extremely hard for all Americans. But, together we got through it. And, we believe our country is stronger for it.

To close out the year, we want to simply say thank you for everything you’ve done for our democracy in 2020.

-Thank you for voting - early, by mail, in-person - or however you exercised your right to vote.

-Thank you for being prepared, getting out the vote, and keeping people safe.

-Thank you for honoring our Election Heroes - local leaders, poll workers, and election officials.

-Thank you for filling out the 2020 Census and ensuring your community does too.

-Thank you for inspiring a new generation of civic leaders.

-Thank you for combating misinformation.

-Thank you for using data to inform your action.

-Thank you for challenging your community to rethink our public services and public spaces.

-Thank you for lifting up service and citizenship in all its forms.

Here’s a look back at some of the uplifting civic messages and limited edition posters we shared throughout 2020.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

12/04/2020
2020 SLSV Coalition Awards + Citizen of the Year!

Join us for the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition 2020 awards! Stay tuned as we hear from 4 exemplary citizens who are accepting our 2020 Citizen of the Year Award on behalf of all first time poll workers across the country.

In this unprecedented election year, hundreds of thousands of young and first-time poll workers like those we will be hearing from today stepped up to ensure the health of their communities and of our democracy.

https://ncoc.org/joseph-h-kanter-citizen-of-the-year-award/

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12/04/2020

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)'s cover photo

We're excited to announce that NCoC's 2020 Joseph H. Kanter "Citizen of the Year" award is being presented to ALL FIRST-...
12/03/2020

We're excited to announce that NCoC's 2020 Joseph H. Kanter "Citizen of the Year" award is being presented to ALL FIRST-TIME POLL WORKERS!

https://ncoc.org/joseph-h-kanter-citizen-of-the-year-award/

In an unprecedented election year, new civic leadership led the way. As COVID-19 spread, the prospect of a critical shortage of poll workers risked our ability to safely cast a ballot. In order to avoid polling place closures and long waiting, hundreds of thousands of young and first-time poll workers stepped up to ensure the health of their communities and of our democracy.

Thank you to the hundreds of thousands of new leaders for your willingness to get things done for the health of our communities and integrity of our elections! #ThankYouElectionHeroes

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I have a Nigerian colleague who is looking for a doctoral program in civic education/civic studies. He is a lawyer who leads the Public Education Work Initiative (formerly Centre for Responsive Politics). I came to know him as Nigeria’s representative in the Civitas International project (CCE) at the time I was part of the Civitas-Eurasia partnership. He is an impressive public servant who not only promoted civic education in the schools but also participated in writing of Nigeria’s most recent constitution. I have suggested he get in touch with Peter Levine, but I want to guide him to several options, including (frankly) places that can provide substantial financial support. I would be grateful if anyone could suggest some potentially fruitful avenues of inquiry I can pursue on his behalf. Thanks in advance for whatever you can offer.
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