Rural Civic Action Project

Nebraska is home to many vibrant rural communities. Civic Nebraska is partnering with the Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communication department at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and the Rural Futures Institute to create the Rural Civic Action Program. Civic Nebraska has established substantive youth engagement programs in Lincoln and Omaha classrooms, and we’re excited about expanding similar programming to rural communities.

The Rural Civic Action Program is designed to engage rural high school students in critical thinking about community strengths and areas of improvement, and then take action through a service learning project to address needs in their community. Undergraduates enrolled in a course on leadership and service learning at UNL collaborate as peer mentors, facilitating the high school students in identifying community needs and crafting substantive projects to address those needs. Civic Nebraska connects the undergraduates to our growing network of rural-area teachers and will ensure that the projects fulfill service learning and state education standards.

Partnership with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln also provides interesting opportunities to research community engagement among students in rural communities. The project will provide insight on student perceptions of efficacy, of the accessibility of higher education, and investment in rural communities.

For more information on the Rural Civic Action Program, contact Amanda Barker – amanda.barker@civicnebraska.org | 402.904.5191

Locations

  • Lincoln Administrative & Program Office
    1111 Lincoln Mall, Suite 350, Lincoln, NE 68508
    Main Line: 402.904.5191
  • Omaha Office
    University of Nebraska Omaha
    6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68182
    Main Line: 402.554.3584
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After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110
    402.457.6711

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132
    402.557.4300

  • Lothrop Elementary School

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110
    402.457.5704

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521
    402.436.1129