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Civic LLC Civic (formally Civic Enterprises) is a bipartisan ideas company specializing in innovative initiatives at the cutting edge of policy.
We feature a talented team of policymakers, public officials, senior advisors to Presidents and Members of Congress, social scientists, and leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit communities. Our staff has extensive experience serving at the highest levels of government and in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. In tackling your organization's project, we will also call on the vast talents of our company's Policy Council, who are leading experts with broad experience in many public policy areas.

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07/23/2020
Domestic Policy Experts on COVID Recovery

ICYMI: A great discussion with Aspen's Melody Barnes & Stephen Patrick and John Bridgeland discussing whether COVID-19 can serve as a catalyst for social change: "America at An Inflection Point."
https://youtu.be/JEbeIwFqBsY

Featuring Melody Barnes, chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Forum and former director of the White House Domest...

Taking Stock: America at an Inflection PointWednesday, July 22 at 3pm MT/5pm ETFeaturing Melody Barnes and John Bridgela...
07/20/2020

Taking Stock: America at an Inflection Point
Wednesday, July 22 at 3pm MT/5pm ET

Featuring Melody Barnes and John Bridgeland in conversation with Stephen Patrick, the panel will discuss the nation’s COVID-19 response and how it has exposed deep systemic inequities in our nation.

Can COVID-19 serve as a catalyst for social change? As we think about domestic policy and recovery in the years ahead, how do we build a more equitable future for all Americans?

Register here: https://bit.ly/2ZCpcTa

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
06/29/2020

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

New analysis finds that #SEL competencies align with the skills employers are seeking. Read CASEL’s new report, created with Civic, “Preparing Youth for the Workforce of Tomorrow.” https://bit.ly/2NsKjAL

The new Tennis for America service year will place AmeriCorps VISTA members across the country to utilize their extensiv...
06/18/2020
Tennis for America Launches in Sites Across the Nation | ITA #WeAreCollegeTennis

The new Tennis for America service year will place AmeriCorps VISTA members across the country to utilize their extensive tennis backgrounds and academic credentials to add significant value to the organizations that are making important progress fighting poverty and creating opportunity within their communities.

https://www.wearecollegetennis.com/2020/06/11/tennis-for-america-launches-in-sites-across-the-nation/?fbclid=IwAR0Ah6xP0j16UQoxZcw-G_EbCRkhO_JcNLhjRT3FZNlRmWIKPkUcKjx0g8k

The new Tennis for America service year will place AmeriCorps VISTA members across the country to utilize their extensive tennis backgrounds and academic credentials to add significant value to the organizations that are making important progress fighting poverty and creating opportunity within thei...

06/11/2020

A Message from Civic:

Civic stands with the families of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all black lives that have been taken by racial violence, including police brutality. It is important in this time to not only call out the racial injustice seen in the disturbing images of violence against Black and LatinX Americans, but also the institutional racism present in our education system that manifests in equity gaps for students of color and play a significant role in perpetuating a system of racial oppression.

We are taking this time to educate ourselves, listen, reflect, and act to advance racial equity and social justice in all our work. We wholeheartedly support all those peacefully protesting across our nation, seeking change for ourselves and future generations, and pushing America to finally fulfill its promise of equal opportunity for all. Black lives matter.

Signed,
The Civic Team

"It is common for people to discount opportunity youth because some were recently homeless or involved in the juvenile j...
06/04/2020
The millions of young people forgotten amid pandemic response

"It is common for people to discount opportunity youth because some were recently homeless or involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. But, as former domestic policy advisors to two presidents — one Democrat, one Republican — we work with many of them, side-by-side; recognize their potential, goals and contributions; and know a full recovery from this crisis will not occur without them."

Read Melody Barnes and John Bridgeland's op-ed: https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/501099-the-millions-of-young-people-forgotten-amid-pandemic-response

During the current health and economic crisis, Congress has an important opportunity to double down and help millions of "Opportunity Youth," most of whom have been forgotten.

You may not be able to watch a special high school grad in your life toss their mortar board in the air or give them a h...
05/14/2020
Letters2Grads

You may not be able to watch a special high school grad in your life toss their mortar board in the air or give them a hug, but you can still honor their accomplishments through #Letters2Grads. https://www.americaspromise.org/campaign/letters2grads

The 2020 graduation season in the time of COVID-19 looks a little bit different than years past. This year’s graduates will not cross a physical stage, hear from a commencement speaker, or toss their caps in the air with their peers. But the class of 2020, with the support of millions of caring ad...

"In times of crisis, Americans expect our president to show empathy, to unite us and to ask us to help. Where idealism s...
04/01/2020
Opinion | Amid the coronavirus threat, where’s the call to service?

"In times of crisis, Americans expect our president to show empathy, to unite us and to ask us to help. Where idealism should be rooted, there is a hole at the heart of our nation’s coronavirus response."

Read John Bridgeland and Tim Shriver's call to service in the Washington Post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/31/amid-coronavirus-threat-wheres-call-service/

Even if the president doesn’t ask citizens to give, Americans can help each other during social distancing.

In a new Education Week op-ed, John Bridgeland and Robert Balfanz write, "As COVID-19 spreads throughout America, urgent...
03/30/2020
COVID-19 Is Exposing the Gaps in Our Education System. Let's Start Fixing Them

In a new Education Week op-ed, John Bridgeland and Robert Balfanz write, "As COVID-19 spreads throughout America, urgent action is being taken at the federal, state, and local levels to support our health-care system and economy. But as schools shutter and millions of students attempt to learn from home or shelters, it is not too soon to think about what we can learn to strengthen our education system the next time there is a national crisis."
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/03/27/covid-19-is-exposing-the-gaps-in-our.html

Schools are missing the digital contact information for far too many families. That's suddenly an urgent problem, write researchers Todd Rogers and Jessica Lasky-Fink.

“While graduation rates continue to rise toward the nation’s 90% goal, these persistent achievement gaps threaten equal ...
03/13/2020

“While graduation rates continue to rise toward the nation’s 90% goal, these persistent achievement gaps threaten equal access to the American Dream, particularly for students of color, from low-income families, and who experience homelessness.” - John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO of Civic

See more responses to the U.S. Department of Education new graduation rate data: https://www.americaspromise.org/GradRate2018 #GradNation

The U.S. Department of Education today released data showing the high school graduation rate for the class of 2018 hit a...
03/13/2020

The U.S. Department of Education today released data showing the high school graduation rate for the class of 2018 hit a record high of 85.3%. While we celebrate this progress, the nation is still off track to reach our goal of 90%.

Read more about our response to today’s announcement here: https://www.americaspromise.org/GradRate2018 #GradNation

Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, and John Bridgeland propose a voluntary national service pro...
02/21/2020
Opinion | Here’s a cost-effective national service proposal that could bridge our deep divisions

Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, and John Bridgeland propose a voluntary national service program to build bridges instead of walls, limiting toxic tribalism and social division.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/21/heres-cost-effective-national-service-proposal-that-could-bridge-our-deep-divisions/

It can build bridges instead of walls, limiting toxic tribalism.

BREAKING: Federal education data released today by the National Center for Homeless Education show that public schools i...
01/29/2020
Public Schools Report Over 1.5 Million Homeless Children and Youth – All Time Record | SchoolHouse Connection

BREAKING: Federal education data released today by the National Center for Homeless Education show that public schools identified 1.5 million children and youth experiencing homelessness in the 2017-2018 school year – an 11% increase over the previous school year and the highest number ever recorded nationally. SchoolHouse Connection National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

Public Schools Report Over 1.5 Million Homeless Children and Youth – All Time Record Jan 29, 2020 | Guest Perspective, SHC Perspectives Federal education data released today by the National Center for Homeless Education (the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance center) show that p...

Are you keeping up with Civic? Check out our website to stay up-to-date on our latest reports, events, and op-eds! www.c...
01/22/2020
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Are you keeping up with Civic? Check out our website to stay up-to-date on our latest reports, events, and op-eds! www.civicllc.com

Civic (formerly Civic Enterprises) is a bipartisan ideas company specializing in innovative initiatives at the cutting edge of domestic, economic, and international policy.

"Our cultural, social and political breakdown is fresh evidence that we need to do something different in the education ...
12/18/2019
Bridgeland, Weissberg & Atwell: Social-emotional learning can be an answer to America’s meltdown, and principals are getting on board | LA School Report

"Our cultural, social and political breakdown is fresh evidence that we need to do something different in the education and development of leaders."

Read John Bridgeland, Roger Weissberg, and Matthew Atwell's op-ed on #SEL. Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

http://laschoolreport.com/bridgeland-weissberg-atwell-social-emotional-learning-can-be-an-answer-to-americas-meltdown-and-principals-are-getting-on-board/

Our cultural, social and political breakdown is fresh evidence that we need to do something different in the education and development of leaders. Some call for more civic education, others bemoan the decline in participation in our religious and civic institutions, and still others reach for soluti...

There is a hole at the center of our economic debate where hope should be. Read this op-ed co-authored by Victor Hwang f...
12/06/2019
Column: To boost economic growth, support entrepreneurs

There is a hole at the center of our economic debate where hope should be. Read this op-ed co-authored by Victor Hwang from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and John Bridgeland to find out how America's New Business Plan from Start Us Up Now proposes to solve this problem.

Hiding in plain sight is a vast opportunity to unite our nation and grow our economy.

The evidence is clear. It's time to make social and emotional learning a priority in the classroom. #SEL http://bit.ly/R...
10/16/2019

The evidence is clear. It's time to make social and emotional learning a priority in the classroom. #SEL http://bit.ly/ReadtoLead2019

NEW REPORT: Ready to Lead: A 2019 Update of Principals' Perspectives on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Ch...
10/16/2019

NEW REPORT: Ready to Lead: A 2019 Update of Principals' Perspectives on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Children and Transform Schools for Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) with Hart Research Associates shows that principals are ready more than ever to bring #SEL to their schools. http://bit.ly/ReadtoLead2019

READ: A Challenge to America’s Businesses, an op-ed by John Bridgeland"Imagine if each company committed to address one ...
10/07/2019
A Challenge to America’s Businesses

READ: A Challenge to America’s Businesses, an op-ed by John Bridgeland

"Imagine if each company committed to address one public challenge, drawing on their comparative advantages to make a significant difference, over at least a decade."

"Imagine if each company committed to address one public challenge, drawing on their comparative advantages to make a significant difference, over at least a decade."

READ: "National Service Can Unite Us Again"On the anniversary of 9/11, John Bridgeland and Stephen Hadley publish an op-...
09/11/2019
National service can unite us again

READ: "National Service Can Unite Us Again"
On the anniversary of 9/11, John Bridgeland and Stephen Hadley publish an op-ed in The Hill about securing our nation's future.

We must learn from the past and prioritize what our nation needs to be more secure for what lies ahead.

'A National Challenge': How We Can Change the Course for Homeless Students - an EducationWeek op-ed by John B. King and ...
08/29/2019
'A National Challenge': How We Can Change the Course for Homeless Students

'A National Challenge': How We Can Change the Course for Homeless Students - an EducationWeek op-ed by John B. King and John Bridgeland urging that homeless students' graduation rates should be a wake-up call to the nation.

Homeless students' graduation rates should be a wake-up call for us all, urge John King and John Bridgeland.

READ: A Thrive Global op-ed by John Bridgeland about why politicians need to start tapping into the entrepreneurial spir...
08/21/2019
America Needs to Dream Again - Thrive Global

READ: A Thrive Global op-ed by John Bridgeland about why politicians need to start tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of the American people in order to truly inspire and make change.

Why politicians need to start tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of the American people in order to truly inspire and make change

We made new friends volunteering with The Corps Network on Theodore Roosevelt Island this morning! 🐸 #ServeOutdoors  #Es...
06/14/2019

We made new friends volunteering with The Corps Network on Theodore Roosevelt Island this morning! 🐸 #ServeOutdoors #EscapetheIndoors

NEW REPORT: The 2019 Building A Grad Nation 2017 grad rates stand at 84.6%. This year we continue to call out the dispar...
06/11/2019

NEW REPORT: The 2019 Building A Grad Nation

2017 grad rates stand at 84.6%. This year we continue to call out the disparities in high school graduation rates for specific student subgroups and for the low-performing schools many of them attend., which are disproportionately affected by poverty, structural inequities, and inequitable access to resources, supports, and opportunities.

americaspromise.org/bgn2019

06/11/2019

NOW: Watch LIVE as we unveil new analysis showing our progress and challenges in raising the national graduation rate to 90 percent. #GradNation bit.ly/2019bgn

HAPPENING SOON: Tune in at 9:30 EST for the release of the 2019 Building a Grad Nation Report, which unpacks the most re...
06/11/2019

HAPPENING SOON: Tune in at 9:30 EST for the release of the 2019 Building a Grad Nation Report, which unpacks the most recent high school graduation rates. Watch live at bit.ly/2019bgn. #GradNation

"More students are graduating from high school. Let's make sure their diplomas mean something."Read the Washington Post ...
06/10/2019
Opinion | More students are graduating from high school. Let’s make sure their diplomas mean something.

"More students are graduating from high school. Let's make sure their diplomas mean something."

Read the Washington Post op.ed co-authored by John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO of Civic, and Robert Balfanz, Director of the Everyone Graduates Center, about the importance of a meaningful diploma. #GradNation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/more-students-are-graduating-from-high-school-lets-make-sure-their-diplomas-mean-something/2019/06/07/e48ec770-87aa-11e9-a870-b9c411dc4312_story.html?utm_term=.7702a63e8ab8

It’s not enough for schools to simply raise their graduation rates.

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
06/07/2019

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

We're excited for the release of the 2019 Building a #GradNation Report on Tuesday, June 11. Register to listen to expert-led panels about the report’s findings and a breakdown of how our nation needs to recommit to rising graduation rates 🎓#GLReading http://bgn2019.eventbrite.com America's Promise Alliance Alliance for Excellent Education Everyone Graduates Center Civic LLC

🚨Attention all Educators, administrators, and youth advocates🚨Our 10th annual Building a Grad Nation Report will be rele...
06/05/2019
Building A Grad Nation Report Release 2019

🚨Attention all Educators, administrators, and youth advocates🚨

Our 10th annual Building a Grad Nation Report will be released this Tuesday, June 11! Join us LIVE as we host a panel of education leaders and researchers with our partners at America's Promise Alliance, Alliance for Excellent Education, and Everyone Graduates Center to discuss the report’s findings.

Register to attend in-person or to watch the live stream TODAY! #GradNation

The convening partners of the GradNation campaign—America’s Promise Alliance, The Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic, and The Everyone Graduates Center—invite you to learn more about the current state of high school graduation in our country. The current national graduation rate now stand...

Graduation rates are at an all-time high, but we need a final push to get to 90%. Join us for the Building A Grad Nation...
05/23/2019
Building A Grad Nation Report Release 2019

Graduation rates are at an all-time high, but we need a final push to get to 90%. Join us for the Building A Grad Nation report release on June 11 to discuss new data on homeless students and postsecondary attainment. Register today! #GradNation

The convening partners of the GradNation campaign—America’s Promise Alliance, The Alliance for Excellent Education, Civic, and The Everyone Graduates Center—invite you to learn more about the current state of high school graduation in our country. The current national graduation rate now stand...

Today, John Bridgeland spoke at the Global Pathfinders Summit about the importance of national service. YOU can change t...
05/21/2019

Today, John Bridgeland spoke at the Global Pathfinders Summit about the importance of national service. YOU can change the world! #2019GPS

“I think the risk in the things that we do is we think too small.” - John Bridgeland

So honored to have Bridgeland, President of Civic LLC & former director of U.S Domestic Policy Council & USA Freedom Corps speak at the Global Pathfinder Summit. #2019GPS.

"Life on Earth will not survive without protecting the vitality of our oceans — and those oceans are in serious trouble....
05/15/2019
Conserving Earth's Last Frontier | Bush Center

"Life on Earth will not survive without protecting the vitality of our oceans — and those oceans are in serious trouble. Creating protected marine reserves is one way we can make progress toward protecting them."

Life on Earth will not survive without protecting the vitality of our oceans — and those oceans are in serious trouble. Creating protected ma

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