40 Forms of Civic Engagment

40 Forms of Civic Engagement

1.     Petition the government about an issue of importance. Get people to sign your petition or create an online petition at change.org

2.     Contact your local board of elections & make your own voter registration drive

3.     Hold a teach-in on a topic of importance to you and educate your peers about something of importance to you

4.     Assemble a group of people for a rally/protest/march of an issue you support

5.     Attend a public meeting and speak out for something you believe in

6.     Attend a meeting of a local or national interest group

7.     Call in to a talk show and express your opinion on a topic of importance

8.     Write a letter to the editor about something important to you

9.     Speak to a politician or member of government on the phone or in person

10. Invite a member of government/politician to speak to your class/group

11. Send a press release to a local media outlet promoting an interest of yours

12. Tag a public sidewalk in erasable CHALK (do not use any permanent materials!) espousing a particular idea or belief

13. Print and disseminate posters, pamphlets, or flyers supporting your opinion

14. Post your civic or political opinion on social media

15. Make up 5 poll or interview questions about a topic you know something about and hold an opinion on and poll/interview 10 people, then post your results

16. Register to vote and vote as soon as you turn 18

17. Volunteer your special skills to an organization

18. Walk or bike to support a cause and meet others

19. Attend Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or other civic parades

20. Participate in political campaign by volunteering for a candidate or issue you support

21. Start a lunch gathering or a discussion group with classmates or neighbors

22. Run for public office as soon as you are eligible

23. Offer to serve on a school or town committee

24. Stand at a major intersection holding a sign for your favorite candidate/issue

25. Join a nonprofit board of directors

26. Call the capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to speak with your House Representative or Senator.

27. Make your own infographic about an issue of importance to you at Piktochart.com There is probably a place at your school where lots of people congregate. Print out a copy of your infographic, post it on the wall in that area, and notice what happens; or just post it online

28. Figure out whom to vote for. How do your beliefs align with the 2016 presidential candidates? www.isidewith.com/ Once you know then try to convince 3 people to support your candidate.

29. Volunteer for an interest group whose goals you support

30. Create and put up a flyer on campus urging students to support or oppose a particular candidate or issue

31. Make and wear an armband, t-shirt, or other symbolic clothing promoting a certain belief or value

32. Make a voting guide with information about candidates’ positions on certain issues that are important to you

33. If you aren't old enough to vote, convince someone old enough to vote to vote the way you wish you could vote

34. Make an advertisement (video, print, digital ad) for your favorite candidate and post it online

35. Make a 20 second video urging your fellow students to vote. Put a cat in your video. People love cats. Upload your video to YouTube and watch it go viral and change the outcome of the 2016 presidential election

36. Organize a mock election at your school

37. Contact your state legislator, share your opinion on any issue, and urge them to enact legislation you support.

38. Share your opinion on any political topic with the president at (202) 456-1111 or you can create a White House petition.

39. There is a 92% chance that you have a smartphone within 20 feet of you. Call the capitol switchboard and ask to speak to one of your US Congressional representative. Tell your representatives what you think of a current US policy. Promote an idea you believe in to one of your state's U.S. Senators. Call the capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Or locate your Member on-line:
U.S. House of Representatives: www.house.gov
U.S. Senate: www.senate.gov

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