WE ARE CIVIC NEBRASKA.
We rise to engage Nebraskans in meaningful ways to build informed community leaders, and we ensure that our democratic institutions are nonpartisan, accessible, and modern.
Democracy starts on our streets, in our schools, and in our neighborhoods. That’s where you’ll find Civic Nebraska.
THREE PROGRAMS. ONE MISSION.
We run youth civic leadership programs and provide resources that engage and empower Nebraska youth through service learning and community leadership. Our students learn critical thinking, civil discourse, issue identification, and problem-solving skills. Our K-12 projects are in classrooms, after-school programs, and a host of student organizations.
Our data-based civic health efforts strengthen social connectedness, confidence in institutions, community engagement, and political involvement in our state. Our civic health work began by creating the Nebraska Civic Health Index and continues with expansive and effective civic education and civil discourse programs.
We ensure Nebraska’s elections and civic institutions are nonpartisan, accessible, and accountable. We are the only group in Nebraska specializing in nonpartisan voting rights research, policy advocacy, observation, investigation, and litigation.
defending democracy since 2008.
Civic Nebraska was founded by our executive director, Adam Morfeld, and a group of politically diverse University of Nebraska undergraduates in 2008. Since then, we have grown into a recognized authority on civic engagement, community-building, and voting rights with offices in Lincoln, Omaha, and Grand Island. Our more than 100 full- and part-time staff and our dozens of volunteers make our democratic mission a reality.
Want to know more about Civic Nebraska, but don’t know civic engagement from civic health? Interested in how we define Community Learning Centers, Collective Impact Lincoln, or the Rural Civic Action Program? Or what the difference is between a republic and a democracy? Our glossary is a great way to further understand our role, mission, and impact.