The “A Community Thrives” grant program from the USA Today Network and the Gannett Foundation announced its sixteen winners this June, including the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement which will receive $50,000.
With this funding, the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement (NvCCE) will be able to continue in its mission to increase civic engagement in the state’s communities, and it will give 800 youth from 34 high schools the support to participate in the We the People program and its competitions.
Kathleen Dickinson, the NvCCE program director and Nevada state coordinator for the We the People program, is focused on expanding educational resources to all who need it. “NvCCE will bring our teacher trainings to the rural areas of Nevada rather than having the teachers needing to travel to Las Vegas or Reno for the trainings,” she said. “We also hope to increase We the People and Project Citizen exposure in the elementary and middle schools throughout Nevada.”
The We the People program offers civic education curricula that teaches students about the history of the United States and its ideas about democracy, the Constitution and its ideals, and how to apply this knowledge critically to contemporary issues. Project Citizen also focuses on these concepts, while encouraging students to address issues in their own communities using policy and civic engagement to make a positive difference.
Civic education is so important, Dickinson says, because it “increases critical thinking, communication skills, and community involvement encouraging citizen participation on all levels. Professors tell us that students exposed to We the People are better ready for college than students who have not been exposed to We the People.”
You can also support civic education and the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement by donating here.