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.

Mission: National Conference on Citizenship is a congressionally chartered organization dedicated to strengthening civic life in America.

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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/

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)'s cover photo
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

11/11/2020
2020 HOOAH Award

Join us as we present the HOOAH Award to Ken Harbaugh in our Learning Circle titled "Veterans: America's Greatest Civic Asset" in conversation with Mike Washington and Becky Margiotta

Happy Veterans Day! Today, we’re proud to announce that Ken Harbaugh is the winner of the 2020 Major George A. Smith HOO...
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day! Today, we’re proud to announce that Ken Harbaugh is the winner of the 2020 Major George A. Smith HOOAH Award winner - given annually to a veteran who defines citizenship through service to our country - both in uniform and beyond.

As a former US Navy Pilot, Congressional candidate, past president of Team Rubicon Global, and co-founder of Mission Continues - Ken has been a steadfast community and veteran leader.

Join us today at 2pm ET for a live-taping of Ken's podcast with previous HOOAH Award winners, veteran-leaders Mike Washington and Becky Margiotta. Together, they’ll focus on how veterans are America’s greatest civic assets and can lead our communities through crises. Register here: http://ow.ly/rWKU50ChmZM

Congrats Ken!

The work of our Election Heroes doesn't end on election day, or after the vote is counted. They are looking out for us y...
11/10/2020

The work of our Election Heroes doesn't end on election day, or after the vote is counted. They are looking out for us year-round. Know your officials—and get involved. #ThankYouElectionHeroes

Being a #voter doesn't stop. We will be at this again in 2 and 4 years. Step up your involvement. Engage with your local...
11/10/2020

Being a #voter doesn't stop. We will be at this again in 2 and 4 years. Step up your involvement. Engage with your local officials to see how you can be a part of your election processes. #ThankYouElectionHeroes #ThanksforVoting

We're honored to have authorities like @EACgov and others who helped create a safe and reliable election with our local ...
11/09/2020

We're honored to have authorities like @EACgov and others who helped create a safe and reliable election with our local election officials. #ThankYouElectionHeroes

This is just one election—we’ll be at it again in 2 and 4 years. Believe in the future. Our country and democracy are al...
11/08/2020

This is just one election—we’ll be at it again in 2 and 4 years. Believe in the future. Our country and democracy are always evolving. Be a part of it. #ThanksforVoting

We've all participated in this election together. You and your neighbors made election history. Thank you for supporting...
11/08/2020

We've all participated in this election together. You and your neighbors made election history. Thank you for supporting each other to vote! #Vote2020 #ThankYouElectionHeroes

A fair and trusted outcome to the election is a part of our shared citizenship and democracy. Together, we are voters an...
11/08/2020

A fair and trusted outcome to the election is a part of our shared citizenship and democracy. Together, we are voters and we trust our #ElectionHeroes to get it right, however long it takes. #ThanksforVoting

Voting is your right in our democracy. And, it is our election officials' duty to count every vote. We're supporting our...
11/07/2020

Voting is your right in our democracy. And, it is our election officials' duty to count every vote. We're supporting our election heroes. Thank you for being a part of a historic election.

Our local and state election systems are trustworthy - processes are in place to ensure every valid ballot is counted. T...
11/07/2020

Our local and state election systems are trustworthy - processes are in place to ensure every valid ballot is counted. Trust the system, and trust our #ElectionHeroes.aa

#ThankYouElectionHeroes

Today we’re taking a moment to celebrate our voters—all of us. Voting is our foundational civic duty, and you did it. Yo...
11/06/2020

Today we’re taking a moment to celebrate our voters—all of us. Voting is our foundational civic duty, and you did it. You joined a historic election with incredible turnout. #ThanksforVoting #Vote2020

We have participated in an historic election - let's celebrate together. We’re not just voters during the election seaso...
11/06/2020

We have participated in an historic election - let's celebrate together. We’re not just voters during the election season, we’re voters all year round. Let's build on this momentum to increase civic participation in the future. #ThankYouVoters #ThanksforVoting

States and local officials are hard at work ensuring every vote is counted. We can trust them to do their jobs, just as ...
11/06/2020

States and local officials are hard at work ensuring every vote is counted. We can trust them to do their jobs, just as we do ours as voters. #ThankYouElectionHeroes

The count may take longer this year - and we’re being patient as the leaders in our communities get it right. With an in...
11/05/2020

The count may take longer this year - and we’re being patient as the leaders in our communities get it right. With an influx of mail-in ballots, ensuring accuracy takes time.

Look to local election officials for the latest on your count. #ThankYouElectionHeroes #CountEveryVote

We're taking time to acknowledge our voters. Voting isn't easy—and we appreciate you for voting and participating in our...
11/05/2020

We're taking time to acknowledge our voters. Voting isn't easy—and we appreciate you for voting and participating in our democracy. #ThankYouElectionHeroes #ThanksforVoting

Voters overwhelmingly trust the election process. A well-run election - even at the local level - means working until ev...
11/05/2020

Voters overwhelmingly trust the election process. A well-run election - even at the local level - means working until every vote and every ballot are counted. #CountEveryVote #ThankYouElectionHeroes

It pays to wait - the results will be clear after our election officials have completed the count. Trusting in the resul...
11/04/2020

It pays to wait - the results will be clear after our election officials have completed the count. Trusting in the result is part of what it means to be a citizen.

Our Election Heroes are on it. #ThankYouElectionHeroes #Vote2020 #Election2020

At the local and national level, unprecedented turnout along with complications from the #Covid crisis means we need to ...
11/04/2020

At the local and national level, unprecedented turnout along with complications from the #Covid crisis means we need to wait longer for results. Trust the experts to get it right and take the time we need to count every vote.
#ThankYouElectionHeroes

This time can feel uncertain—and that's okay. But know that your election officials have our back. #ThankYouElectionHero...
11/04/2020

This time can feel uncertain—and that's okay. But know that your election officials have our back. #ThankYouElectionHeroes

Join us over at ElectionTrustProject.com for resources and messaging to build trust in the process.

What's happening now is not political –  it's in the hands of locals who are the experts - as it has been throughout our...
11/04/2020

What's happening now is not political – it's in the hands of locals who are the experts - as it has been throughout our history. Thank you to our election officials for counting every vote! #electionhero #ThankYouElectionHeroes

We are one community, voting together. Being together as voters means being safe, and trusting this journey. We're writi...
11/03/2020

We are one community, voting together. Being together as voters means being safe, and trusting this journey. We're writing this story together. This is our voting story, our American story. One that’s happened many times before.

#thankyouelectionheroes #vote2020 #vote

We might learn the result today, or might have to wait. Regardless of when, trust the outcome. Our democracy means free ...
11/03/2020

We might learn the result today, or might have to wait. Regardless of when, trust the outcome. Our democracy means free and fair elections. And our locals are on it. #thankyouelectionheroes #vote

We believe in our democracy, and that regardless of the outcome of election, it’s a great thing to vote alongside our ne...
11/03/2020

We believe in our democracy, and that regardless of the outcome of election, it’s a great thing to vote alongside our neighbors. Remember to thank the election workers at your polling place today. #vote #thankyouelectionheroes #thankyouvoters

Tag a friend or two to remind them to vote today. If you are on line when the polls close–it’s your right to cast your v...
11/03/2020

Tag a friend or two to remind them to vote today. If you are on line when the polls close–it’s your right to cast your vote. #vote #thankyouelectionheroes #electionday

Today's the day. Now, go vote. And be patient, safe, and smart out there. #vote #trusttheprocess #electionday #vote2020 ...
11/03/2020

Today's the day. Now, go vote. And be patient, safe, and smart out there.

#vote #trusttheprocess #electionday #vote2020 #thankyouelectionheroes

Our communities are the bedrock of our election process. Most Americans are confident in their local officials to lead u...
11/02/2020

Our communities are the bedrock of our election process. Most Americans are confident in their local officials to lead us—and make the 2020 election the safe and most secure ever. #thankyouelectionheroes #vote2020

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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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