Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)

Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) ICICP facilitates the generation of opportunities for young people to change their communities for the better and build essential skills for future success.
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Follow us on Twitter @icicp! ICP has global, multi-faceted experience working with governments, institutions of higher education, as well as philanthropic and non-profit organizations. ICP is the only organization dedicated to incubating a range of approaches to scaling up youth civic engagement, with a focus on national youth service and service learning. ICP works with a broad range of partners to pilot and spin-off self-sustaining programs, and build coalitions and networks to affect public policy in order to create government investment in national service.

Mission: - Scale-up the best models for youth service in the United States, Africa, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. - Support policies, programs, and networks that significantly increase the number of young people engaged in quality service. - Ensure that national youth service is a priority, for young people as well as funders and decision-makers. - Connect youth service policy and program entrepreneurs and others active in the field and thereby spur collaboration across six continents.

Operating as usual

09/08/2014

ICP and the Ma'an Alliance just completed a service-learning training for university faculty in the Arab region. Learn more about this training and the Ma'an Alliance on the ICP blog this week.

Amidst recent protests in #Ferguson,educators take the opportunity to #volunteer by picking up broken glass, water bottl...
08/20/2014
Ferguson Teachers Use Day Off As Opportunity For A Civics Lesson

Amidst recent protests in #Ferguson,educators take the opportunity to #volunteer by picking up broken glass, water bottles and tear gas canisters from the street. Listen to the full story on NPR. #service
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/19/341651494/ferguson-teachers-use-day-off-as-opportunity-for-a-civics-lesson

School has been canceled for the week in Ferguson, Mo., as civil unrest continues. While the students are out of the classroom, teachers are helping to clean up the streets.

Today is World #HumanitarianDay. Learn about how #HumanitarianHeroes dedicate themselves to a lifetime of  #service by h...
08/19/2014
World Humanitarian Day


Today is World #HumanitarianDay. Learn about how #HumanitarianHeroes dedicate themselves to a lifetime of #service by helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.
http://worldhumanitarianday.org/home/english/

World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people. It is intended to raise public awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide and the people who risk their lives in order to provide it

ICP is paid a visit by the Minister of Youth and Civic Education of the Republic of Congo, Anatole Makosso and a delegat...
08/11/2014

ICP is paid a visit by the Minister of Youth and Civic Education of the Republic of Congo, Anatole Makosso and a delegation of NGO leaders, activists, and several ministry staff. The purpose of the visit was to understand how government and non-government organizations promote the engagement of youth in civic affairs, explore approaches to youth entrepreneurship, and offer opportunities for networking and exchange of information with American youth leaders.

An article from Tohoku University about the Role of University and Students in the Community workshop hosted by ICP, the...
08/06/2014
News - Civic Engagement Workshop at Tohoku University | Tohoku University Global Site

An article from Tohoku University about the Role of University and Students in the Community workshop hosted by ICP, the TOMODACHI Initiative, and the US-Japan Council at the university in July 2014.

Dr. Susan E. Stroud, the founder and Executive Director of 'Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)' made a visit to Tohoku University and gave a keynote speech as well as guidance regarding civic engagement.

"Because if they succeed, then the countries in which they live will succeed. They'll create jobs. They'll create growth...
08/05/2014
2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summer

"Because if they succeed, then the countries in which they live will succeed. They'll create jobs. They'll create growth. They'll create opportunity." President Barack Obama on young entrepreneurs at the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit. Watch and learn more here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit

President Obama welcomes leaders from across Africa to the Nation's Capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

"Congress must invest in service to ensure our nation's ability to compete in the future." Check out this op-ed piece fr...
07/22/2014
Congress Is letting down education, and business

"Congress must invest in service to ensure our nation's ability to compete in the future." Check out this op-ed piece from The Hill about how investing in #nationalservice can help youth obtain a better education and build a brighter future for America's economy.
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/212684-congress-is-letting-down-education-and-business

Half of our nation’s dropouts come from about 10 percent of our nation’s schools.

ICP's Susan Stroud at the workshop at Tohoku University
07/18/2014

ICP's Susan Stroud at the workshop at Tohoku University

The Corporation for National and Community Service recently pledged $3 million in AmeriCorps grants to support the growt...
07/18/2014
AmeriCorps Expands Presence in Tribal Communities

The Corporation for National and Community Service recently pledged $3 million in AmeriCorps grants to support the growth of Native American communities through education and economic development. This grant will increase the number of AmeriCorps members serving in this community by 41%.

http://nationalservice.tumblr.com/post/91986172207/americorps-expands-presence-in-tribal-communities

By Jodi Gillette and Wendy Spencer $3 million in grants to support more national service members During his June visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation in Cannonball, North Dakota, the President re-emphasized the Administration’s focus on strengthening Native American communities through edu…

Tomorrow is Mandela Day. Learn how with SummerTrek, ICP makes everyday a #MandelaDay. #Time2Serve. #volunteer. #service....
07/17/2014
Mandela Day | Innovations in Civic Participation

Tomorrow is Mandela Day. Learn how with SummerTrek, ICP makes everyday a #MandelaDay. #Time2Serve. #volunteer. #service. http://www.icicp.org/2014/07/mandela-day/

Mandela DayByphayesicponJuly 17, 2014inNewsBy Eliza CollisonWe can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference. - Nelson MandelaJuly 18th marks Nelson Mandela Day; a day of service honoring the late Nelson Mandela, whose mantra and way of life followed three…

Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)'s cover photo
07/17/2014

Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)'s cover photo

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become activ...
07/17/2014

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become active in their communities. This is especially important in light of Japan's continued recovery from the 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster. The workshops were held at Tohoku University, Okinawa University, and Tokyo University in July 2014.

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become active in their communities. This is especially important in light of Japan's continued recovery from the 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster. The workshops were held at Tohoku University, Okinawa University, and Tokyo University in July 2014.

Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)'s cover photo
07/16/2014

Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP)'s cover photo

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become activ...
07/16/2014

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become active in their communities. This is especially important in light of Japan's continued recovery from the 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster. The workshops were held at Tohoku University, Okinawa University, and Tokyo University in July 2014.

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become active in their communities. This is especially important in light of Japan's continued recovery from the 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster. The workshops were held at Tohoku University, Okinawa University, and Tokyo University in July 2014.

Today, Peace Corps announced new changes to their application and selection process to attract more volunteers. Learn mo...
07/15/2014
Peace Corps Announces Historic Changes to Application and Selection Process

Today, Peace Corps announced new changes to their application and selection process to attract more volunteers. Learn more about the Peace Corps and their call to #service: http://www.peacecorps.gov/media/forpress/press/2418/?utm_campaign=choice&utm_source=twitter_071514&utm_medium=socialmedia

Peace Corps Volunteers travel overseas to make real differences in the lives of real people. Apply online to Volunteer, find a local recruiting event, donate to a Volunteer project, or access teacher and student resources.

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become activ...
07/14/2014

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become active in their communities. This is especially important in light of Japan's continued recovery from the 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster. The workshops were held at Tohoku University, Okinawa University, and Tokyo University in July 2014.

ICP staff, U.S.-Japan Council, and TOMODACHI leading a series of workshops on how Japanese universities can become active in their communities. This is especially important in light of Japan's continued recovery from the 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster. The workshops were held at Tohoku University, Okinawa University, and Tokyo University in July 2014.

Check out how The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is working to provide resources and opportunities to youth across Mas...
07/08/2014
Program of the Week: Massachusetts Promise Fellowship | Innovations in Civic Participation

Check out how The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is working to provide resources and opportunities to youth across Massachusetts. To learn more about this program and other AmeriCorps and Volunteer Generation Fund programs are featured in "Transforming Communities through Service": http://www.icicp.org/2014/07/program-of-the-week-massachusetts-promise-fellowship-2/

Program of the Week: Massachusetts Promise FellowshipBystaylor421onJuly 8, 2014inNewsThe Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is a ground-breaking and successful program that is creating more available resources and opportunities for youth in Massachusetts and is featured in Transforming Communities thr…

How are the children? Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Launch works to ensure that the answer is "the children are ...
07/01/2014
Program of the Week: Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Launch | Innovations in Civic...

How are the children? Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Launch works to ensure that the answer is "the children are well" by working with community members and organizations to change the culture of youth development. Learn more about this program and other innovative AmeriCorps and Volunteer Generation Fund programs featured in the America's Service Commissions "Transforming Communities through Service" publication at http://www.icicp.org/2014/07/program-of-the-week-graceland-university-americorps-youth-launch/

Program of the Week: Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth LaunchByphayesicponJuly 1, 2014inNewsThe Graceland University AmeriCorps Youth Launch is an innovative and successful program working to promote and improve youth development and is one of the programs featured in Transforming Communities Th…

ICP founder and director, Susan Stroud, was recently invited to a UNESCO summit in Paris to present ICP research finding...
06/27/2014
ICP Founder and Director, Susan Stroud, presents research findings at UNESCO summit in Paris |...

ICP founder and director, Susan Stroud, was recently invited to a UNESCO summit in Paris to present ICP research findings detailing the extent of National Youth Services (NYS) in sub-Saharan Africa.

http://www.icicp.org/2014/06/icp-founder-and-director-susan-stroud-presents-research-findings-at-unesco-summit-in-paris/

ICP Founder and Director, Susan Stroud, presents research findings at UNESCO summit in ParisByphayesicponJune 27, 2014inNewsBy Sulaiman Kenyatta Photo Credit: UNESCO The ICP staff is happy to welcome back our founder and executive director, Susan E. Stroud, after she was recently invited to a youth…

Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), the US-Japan Council (USJC), and the TOMODACHI Initiative would like to invite...
06/26/2014
Attend a Civic Engagement Workshop in Japan this Summer! | Innovations in Civic Participation

Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP), the US-Japan Council (USJC), and the TOMODACHI Initiative would like to invite you to attend one of three workshops happening in Japan this July! For more information about the workshops and details about the agenda, please click the link below.

Hope to see you there!

http://www.icicp.org/2014/06/attend-a-civic-engagement-workshop-in-japan-this-summer/

Attend a Civic Engagement Workshop in Japan this Summer!ByphayesicponJune 25, 2014inNewsInnovations in Civic Participation (ICP), the US-Japan Council (USJC), and the TOMODACHI Initiative would like to invite you to attend one of three workshops happening in Japan this July. The workshops are a part…

This week Higher Achievement - DC Metro is showcased as a part of our series on innovative #AmeriCorps and #VolunteerGen...
06/23/2014
Program of the Week: Higher Achievement | Innovations in Civic Participation

This week Higher Achievement - DC Metro is showcased as a part of our series on innovative #AmeriCorps and #VolunteerGenerationFund programs. Higher Achievement works with at-risk middle school students to help them prepare for and complete high school. Read more at: http://www.icicp.org/2014/06/program-of-the-week-higher-achievement/

Program of the Week: Higher AchievementBystaylor421onJune 23, 2014inNewsHigher Achievement, helping at-risk middle school students in the Washington, D.C. area to reach and complete high school, is one of thriving and innovative programs featured in Transforming Communities through Service. Photo Cr…

Happy National Summer Learning Day from Michelle Obama!! Read more about the event at the U.S. Department of Education a...
06/20/2014
National Summer Learning Day with Michelle Obama at the U.S. Department of Education |...

Happy National Summer Learning Day from Michelle Obama!! Read more about the event at the U.S. Department of Education and ICP's summer plans at: http://www.icicp.org/2014/06/national-summer-learning-day-with-michelle-obama-at-the-u-s-department-of-education/

National Summer Learning Day with Michelle Obama at the U.S. Department of EducationBystaylor421onJune 20, 2014inNewsBy Sarah Lauritsen Photo Credit: Sydney Taylor, Innovations in Civic ParticipationThe U.S. Department of Education and the National Summer Learning Association hosted students and edu…

"A shared commitment to national service is essential to reweaving the fabric of American democracy and ameliorating pol...
06/20/2014
Why millennials should ditch corporate jobs for public service

"A shared commitment to national service is essential to reweaving the fabric of American democracy and ameliorating polarization."

As the United States has become increasingly polarized, public service has become essential now more than ever in increasing cooperation and partnership within the United States.

http://fortune.com/2014/06/16/why-millennials-should-ditch-corporate-jobs-for-public-service/

It's a chance for young people to come together and ease the political gridlock in Washington.

"There is no excuse for the neglect we have shown" - President Bill ClintonFormer President Bill Clinton gave the keynot...
06/20/2014
Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis: Bill Clinton’s Keynote Address | Innovations in Civic...

"There is no excuse for the neglect we have shown" - President Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton gave the keynote address at The Hamilton Project's "Addressing America's Poverty Crisis" summit yesterday to address the causes of poverty and what must be done in order to fix it.


http://www.icicp.org/2014/06/addressing-americas-poverty-crisis-bill-clintons-keynote-address/

Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis: Bill Clinton’s Keynote AddressByphayesicponJune 20, 2014inNewsPhoto Credit: Hamilton Project “Why are you not poor?”This was the question that former President Bill Clinton inquired to a group of participants in the Washington Court Hotel ballroom early Thursday…

06/19/2014

The Hamilton Project: Addressing America's Poverty Crisis

Former President Bill Clinton - "Poverty is America's quilt that must be shared by all".

New study shows that those who volunteer often see improvements in their mental and physical health. Do good, feel good!...
06/19/2014
New study shows that volunteering can be beneficial to your health. | Innovations in Civic...

New study shows that those who volunteer often see improvements in their mental and physical health. Do good, feel good!


http://www.icicp.org/2014/06/new-study-shows-that-volunteering-can-be-beneficial-to-your-health/

New study shows that volunteering can be beneficial to your health.ByICP EditoronJune 19, 2014inNews Photo Credit: Volunteer Weekly Website While it is well-documented the great benefits that volunteering can have on local communities and neighborhoods, newly released data indicates that volunteerin…

Food on the Move by City Square transforms communities in Texas through service by bringing meals and activities to kids...
06/17/2014
Program of the Week: Food on the Move | Innovations in Civic Participation

Food on the Move by City Square transforms communities in Texas through service by bringing meals and activities to kids not involved in organized programs during the summer. Check out more about this program and other innovative #AmeriCorps and #VolunteerGenerationFund programs at: http://www.icicp.org/2014/06/program-of-the-week-food-on-the-move/

Program of the Week: Food on the MoveBystaylor421onJune 17, 2014inNewsPhoto Credit: Food on the Move websiteFood on the Move, a Texas CitySquare program, is one of the successful and innovative programs working to ensure healthy life styles for all children and is featured in this year’s Transformin…

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Dear Colleagues, we are interested to prepare and to apply for the Erasmus + 2018 (Balkan Window). The deadline is 8th of March. We are looking for Youth Organization /Organization working with Young People to find potential partners in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. Please let me know if you are interested in future possible cooperation. Thanks in advance and all the best, Miomir,