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Check out these resources below to build your civic knowledge:
- Public Engagement and America’s Growing Latino Population Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE) researches, develops and disseminates new insights and practices that help improve the quality of American public life by building the field of public engagement and citizen-centered politics.
- Civic Engagement: Why Millennials Have Outpaced Seniors A blog post about how technology and social media play a role in civic engagement.
- National Council of La Raza (NCLR) NCLR partners with Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.
- Urban Literacy: What is a Municipal Bond A guide to understanding the municipal bond process.
- Center for Civic Education The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy.
- Circle – Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement CIRCLE promotes research on the civic and political engagement of Americans between the ages of 15 and 25.
- Seattle’s Stranded Biking Families A Seattle Greenways blog about a mom who raises awareness about the need for a safe network streets so that all families can get around.