The Idea of America

Civic Nebraska invites leaders from across the political spectrum to come together to build their understanding and skills of small-d democratic leadership. By discussing the fundamental ideas, choices, and values of government and civic life in the United States, participants will come away better-equipped for elected leadership in Nebraska.



Cohorts consist of 8 to 12 Nebraskans who serve or are interested in serving in
local elected leadership. A Cohort will gather to get to know each other and participate in the conversation sessions.


Famous speeches and foundational texts will guide discussions to help understand core American ideas and the arguments we continue to have today, while providing a
“neutral ground” to have open conversations.


It’s free. There are no out-of-pocket costs to participants except for their time and willingness to engage. Meals and travel reimbursement are provided.


The State

What should be the central aims of politics in the United States?

Democracy in America

What are the advantages – and the disadvantages – of democracy?


What does it mean to be a good citizen?

Spirit of America

What do our founding documents tell us about the spirit of the United States?

Conflict of Visions

What happens when different sides reach an impasse and compromise seems impossible?

Pursuit of Happiness

How can the decisions we make in elected office help or hinder people in living happy lives?



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