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DMC Launches Alabama Civic Scorecard

The DMC Civic Scorecard is a tool for engaging young people in local, state and national civic life. Inspired by data from the 2015 Alabama Civic Health Index, the Civic Scorecard encourages increased youth involvement in political action, social connectedness and public work. Young people are invited to share their Civic Scorecard stories on Facebook, Twitter (@DMCforCivicLife), and Instagram (@dmcforciviclife) using #ALcivicstrong. Those who share, mail or email their completed Civic Scorecard to DMC will receive a Certificate of Completion and be honored at our 2016 Civic Institute. ALABAMA CIVIC SCORECARD Alabama Civic Scorecard Instructions: Mark off activities as you…


A Conversation on Alabama’s Civic Health

You’re invited to participate in a conversation on Alabama’s civic health on Tuesday, September 22 at the United Way of Central Alabama. The forum will be facilitated by The David Mathews Center for Civic Life.  During the forum, community members will explore findings from the 2015 Alabama Civic Health Index and participate in an action-oriented conversation on Alabama’s civic health. A brief series of “short takes” will highlight innovative civic education programs with promising practices for improving civic life in our state. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. Reserve your spot today! The forum is being sponsored by the United Way of Central Alabama. For more…


A Conversation on Civic Health in Elba

On June 9th, Mathews Center staff traveled to the city of Elba in Coffee County to moderate a “Strengthening Community” conversation on themes from the 2015 Alabama Civic Health Index. Restoration 154 Executive Director and Rotarian, Laurie Chapman, convened the forum. Rotary Club members participated in the conversation, offering thoughts on how to both celebrate and improve civic life in Alabama. DMC Acting Executive Director Cristin Foster gave a brief presentation on key findings from the Alabama Civic Health Index, which covers three dimensions of civic health in Alabama: Political Action, Social Connectedness, and Public Work. The group was unsurprised…