What is the Definition of Civic Engagement?
There are many working definitions of Civic Engagement, and quite honestly , the more people you ask to assist in defining the term, the broader and more open the definition becomes. However, this one seems to resonate with many in south Florida, and with those associated with the Center specifically.
Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
A morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and to take action when appropriate.
The Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civic Engagement is working to align and connect those individuals, institutions and organizations who are committed to make a difference in civic life. What that looks like and how that works varies as greatly as those with whom we work.
Disturbing Report and Findings about South Florida
“A Tale of Two Cities” Civic Health Index
Civic Health in Miami and Minneapolis-St. Paul
According to the measures in this study, Minneapolis-St. Paul is the most civically engaged metropolitan area In the United States; Miami is the least engaged. The two metropolitan areas differ in many other ways, too: in the demographics of their populations, the history of their development, and even their climate and location. But this study will show that demographics cannot explain the differences in their civic engagement.
Civic Engagement Resources
ON THE WEB
The New York State Service Learning Leadership Institutes are service learning organizations established to promote and support service learning at the regional level. Each institute has a web presence that can be accessed through this website.
The Learn to Serve with Character project was designed to address the current mandate in New York State to implement character education for all K-12 students. For projects and curricula that combine service learning and academics, visit the LSC website.