Rural Civic Health Programs

Get together. Get involved. Get things done.

At Civic Nebraska, we know it’s the conversations in the boardroom and around the dinner table that move the work forward in Nebraska towns. Our rural civic health programs provide strategic support to current and aspiring leaders, citizen journalists, and small groups leading tough conversations. 
We partner with towns and rural areas throughout our state to fortify civic health, civic leadership, advance civil discourse, and bolster local media. Take a closer look below.

The Idea of America Fellowship

A nonpartisan leadership experience for current and aspiring Nebraska elected officials to make meaningful connections and better understand the idea of America, why it matters, and their special role in defending U.S. democracy.

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Civil Discourse

A partnership with Civity to support community conversations about local media capacity, and understanding across political ideologies. This builds upon our study about media consumption habits and preferences.

›› 2022 Crossing Divides Report on News Media Consumption Habits and Preferences

›› A curated list of civil discourse activities and resources

›› Get in touch with us to go deeper:


A partnership with the Nebraska Journalism Trust, Documenters Nebraska fills a vital need for reporting and accountability in rural news deserts. This project trains and pays citizen reporters to report on public meetings and publish their notes.

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Civic Readiness

A quiz to help you assess the civic readiness of a small group and your community to make progress on a particular issue or project, and a library of action ideas. Results will provide feedback and resources to build on strengths and address weaknesses.

Civic Health Workshops

Understand the four indicators of civic health and why they matter to thriving communities. Participants in our interactive sessions identify the strengths and weaknesses of each indicator in their community.

›› To request a workshop or presentation in your community, contact Daniel Bennett, Civic Nebraska rural civic health program manager.


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After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132

  • Lothrop Magnet Elementary

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Lincoln Northeast High School

    2635 N. 63rd St.
    Lincoln, NE 68507