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Media literacy needed for connection
To give youth their best shot at rising to their potential, we need to teach them how to communicate, providing them with hope and resilience.
February 19, 2024
6 ways to celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day
Random acts of kindness can trigger the release of endorphins, reduce stress and anxiety, foster a culture of gratitude, remind us of our capacity for compassion in our ever-interconnected world – and strengthen our precious American democracy.
February 17, 2024
Meet Nicole Crumbley, Sherman CLC site director
As Sherman’s CLC site director, Nicole is an advocate for youth, families, and residents of Sherman’s northeast Omaha neighborhood.
February 16, 2024
Media literacy: Join us for ‘Trust Me’ screening, Q+A
The Sheldon Museum of Art will screen the award-winning documentary “Trust Me," which explores how media technology influences society and what we can do about it.
February 15, 2024
‘We must stand firm’: Our testimony on LB1042, LB1211
On Feb. 14, 2024, Civic Nebraska director of public policy Heidi Uhing testified in support of LB1042 (automatic voter registration) and in opposition to LB1211 (shortening Nebraska voters' early-voting window by nearly 40%). Here is her prepared testimony.
February 14, 2024
Our 2024 Civic Valentines
Enjoy and share our 2024 Civic Valentines.
February 13, 2024
This Valentine’s Day, share the love for voting rights
A hearing on Feb. 14 will consider two bills that are consequential for Nebraskans' access to vote.
February 12, 2024
Civic Saturday: Coming soon to a community near you
From Feb. 6-9, Civic Nebraska and Citizen University convened 10 powerful civic catalysts to learn the philosophies and practicalities of hosting Civic Saturday gatherings in their communities around the state – and beyond.
February 11, 2024
A close call at the statehouse
While the latest challenge to Nebraskans' voting rights has been avoided for now, an even more extreme measure will be considered next week.
February 5, 2024
4 myths about community engagement
Democratic engagement can be messy work, but it’s worth the effort in the long run.
February 2, 2024
‘Process already in place’: our testimony on LB861
The proposed changes to the ballot initiative process could encourage harassment, dishonesty, or bad behavior.
January 31, 2024
Join us Feb. 24 to examine how AI helps, hurts…
Civic Nebraska is bringing together researchers, policymakers, advocates, and everyday Nebraskans to discuss minimizing AI’s disruptive effects while maximizing its positive democratic potential.
January 23, 2024
Statement on the completion of 2024 legislative rules debate
On Jan. 19, 2024, Civic Nebraska issued the following statement following the end of debate regarding proposed rules changes at the Nebraska Legislature.
January 19, 2024
Civic Nebraska, Nebraska Journalism Trust re-ignite ‘Documenters’ initiative
The Documenters are a network of engaged community members who attend local public meetings and share government actions through objective note-taking.
January 18, 2024
Heads up: Mail-in ballot applications to arrive in February
Early voting ballot applications in three of Nebraska’s most populous counties for the state's May 14 primary election will be sent to voters from early- to mid-February, officials said.
January 18, 2024
LB1390 protects election workers against threats, digital manipulation
The bill enhances penalties for those who threaten, harass, or manipulate those tasked with conducting our state’s elections ­– including via artificial intelligence tools.
January 17, 2024
Celebrating King: 5 essential texts
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day goes beyond mere observance. It involves reflection – and action – on his powerful words.
January 14, 2024
Blizzard of Cause: building winter-weather community
Harsh winter conditions are an opportunity to participate in the give-and-take of being a good neighbor – and to strengthen the common good.
January 12, 2024
Tell senators: Vote ‘no’ on dangerous rules changes
We cannot allow our statehouse to be drawn into the same hyperpartisan realm that Washington, D.C., is known for.
January 10, 2024
Proposed legislative rules changes
Members of the Nebraska Legislature are considering several proposed changes to its rules and procedures. Here's what you can do.
January 5, 2024
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: 2024 preview
With a critical election coming up later this year, we all must remain vigilant against efforts to curtail our access to the ballot.
January 2, 2024
Hopeful, hardworking, heartfelt: Civic Nebraska in 2024
Here's what Civic Nebraska has planned for 2024 – and beyond.
January 1, 2024
Advocacy, action, accomplishments: Civic Nebraska in 2023
Nebraskans count on us to cut through the noise and trust us as a guide in our shared democratic lives.
December 30, 2023
The Twelve Days of Democracy
As one year closes and another begins, let's recommit to the democratic ideals that make life in America the envy of the world.
December 21, 2023
Housing advocates: Outlaw source-of-income discrimination in Lincoln
The coalition delivered 520+ signatures to the Lincoln City Council calling for an end to source-of-income discrimination in the city.
December 18, 2023
The Bill of Rights Super-Quiz
How well do you know the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution?
December 15, 2023
About ‘modern and robust democracy’
Democracy is a dynamic process that has unfolded over the centuries, shaped by the changing currents of political, social, and technological landscapes. Here's what we mean when we say "a modern and robust democracy."
December 13, 2023
‘Loud and Clear’: a Civic Sermon
Facts are stubborn things. And so is our American resolve.
December 9, 2023
Claim – and spread – your civic power
Anyone can claim, exercise, and share civic power, and create meaningful change. 
December 7, 2023
The civic virtue of shopping locally
The benefits of local shopping go well beyond individual businesses' bottom lines.
December 4, 2023
Join our chorus of change-makers
Together, we're making democracy work for everyone.
November 27, 2023
What? So What? Now What?: Voting rights for Native peoples
On National Native American Heritage Day, we reflect on the history of disenfranchisement against our continent’s first peoples, and prepare for emerging challenges – including a new front that opened this week.
November 24, 2023
This holiday season, let’s argue like Americans
How do we meaningfully engage with those with whom we vigorously disagree? Here are three suggested questions to ask ourselves to nurture authentically American arguments.
November 22, 2023
Nurturing the heart of our communities
Practicing civic love involves actively engaging with and contributing to the well-being of our communities. It goes beyond individual interests and promotes a sense of shared responsibility and empathy.
November 17, 2023
I swear! Councilmember Weber joins Campbell CLC to inaugurate student…
Lincoln Councilmember Brodey Weber, who represents north-central Lincoln, administered the oaths of office at a special ceremony inaugurating student leaders at Civic Nebraska's Campbell Elementary CLC.
November 11, 2023
Kyle Cartwright joins Civic Nebraska as director of development
The Lincolnite brings his passion for community, nonprofit growth, and effective philanthropy to Nebraska’s pre-eminent democracy-building organization.
November 8, 2023
Civic Saturday to return Dec. 9: Join us!
The 11 a.m. gathering at Turbine Flats, 2124 Y St., will feature live music, original poetry, inspiring readings, and time for socializing and discussion centered on rebuilding faith in one another and our democracy.
November 7, 2023
Loud & Clear: Our 2023-24 annual report
Our work stands as an example of resilience and opportunity in the face of adversity, and of harnessing the collective voice and power of robust civic engagement.
November 7, 2023
Civic Nebraska to receive NAACP Freedom Fighter Award
The honor, which will be presented on Nov. 11 at the Association's annual Freedom Fund Banquet, is in recognition of Civic Nebraska's partnership and efforts on issues of justice, equity, and inclusion.
November 5, 2023
Bena highlights election security, accuracy in Senate hearing
Nebraska Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Bena was one of five election experts invited to testify before the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee on Nov. 1.
November 1, 2023
Calling all civic catalysts!
The Nebraska Civic Saturday Fellowship, a joint project of Civic Nebraska and Seattle-based Citizen University, is no-cost opportunity for Nebraskans who share a commitment to strengthening civic culture and faith in democracy.
October 31, 2023
Samuelsons make a game-changing gift to democracy
Civic Nebraska is poised to receive the largest single donation in its history, thanks to the vision of brothers Matt and Drey Samuelson originally of Pender.
October 27, 2023
20 ways to fight disinformation
In the digital age, fighting disinformation is a critical role and responsibility of engaged citizens. Here are a few practical steps to do just that.
October 25, 2023
Doubting democracy?
Some question whether this whole experiment in self-governance is coming to an end. It's not.
October 19, 2023
On patriotism
Loving our country requires perseverance and devotion to our founding creed of liberty and equality – and more.
October 9, 2023
A week for educating and activating voters
National Voter Education Week educates, motivates, and activates eligible U.S. voters. National Voter Education Week educates, motivates, and activates eligible U.S. voters. Here's how you can participate.
October 2, 2023
Let’s argue – like Americans
Our nation was founded on an argument. It's our responsibility to continue it.
September 25, 2023
LNE celebrates Multicultural Night
The third annual event brought LNE's communities together, lifted up student voices, and provided space for families to connect.
September 21, 2023
Meet Lena Wimes, Youth Civic Leadership programs manager
Lena directs and coordinates programs in Civic Nebraska’s school-based Community Learning Centers.
September 20, 2023
How to celebrate National Voter Registration Day (even if you’re…
Celebrated every September, National Voter Registration Day involves volunteers and organizations from all over the country hitting the streets in a single day of coordinated field, technology, and media efforts.
September 18, 2023
Introducing Kwame Gyamfi, our Lincoln Northeast CLC leader
The writer, coach, and student advocate moved into the Rocket CLC role this month.
September 18, 2023
The Constitution Day Super-Quiz
Test your knowledge of our supreme law of the land with our Constitution Super-Quiz.
September 17, 2023
Making elections accessible to *all*
Voting Rights Organizing Coordinator Chueqa Yang on Disability Voting Rights Week, and the importance of creating a truly representative democracy.
September 11, 2023
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Uncle Sam
The story of Uncle Sam – how our nation’s unique personification came to be forged by our many conflicts, the nuances of what he symbolizes, and ways that he persists in American culture.
September 6, 2023
Volleyball Day in Nebraska and the power of shared experience
Bonding over common interests, creating shared memories, and leveraging our social connections strengthens the fabric of our communities, our states, and our nation.
August 31, 2023
Reviving ‘netizenship’
As we navigate the vast digital realm, it's vital we maintain our commitment to being responsible, active citizens.
August 30, 2023
A record year for ‘Cap Days’
In the past year, our Capitol Experience Day program served 1,057 participants – more than ever before.
August 23, 2023
Help Nebraska vote: 7 reasons to be a poll worker
Poll workers are the backbone of American elections. On National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, here are seven big reasons to join the process.
August 22, 2023
Honeybee democracy
Here's how our favorite winged pollinators inspire a modern and robust democracy.
August 21, 2023
Meet Jann Rouzee, voting rights field organizer
The Scottsbluff resident helps coordinate Civic Nebraska’s voting rights initiatives and campaigns, with a specific focus on areas of the state outside of Lincoln and Omaha.
August 17, 2023
The poll workers hall of fame: Douglas Co. edition
Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse will host an induction ceremony on Aug. 23 to honor and recognize 17 people who have dedicated at least 20 years to help ensure fair and honest democratic elections in Douglas County.
August 16, 2023
Here we go! Another (after-)school year is here
Our Youth Civic Leadership staff is busily preparing for students to return to our after-school spaces in Lincoln and Omaha, where we reinforce civic learning while providing a safe place for kids to continue their educational journeys.
August 11, 2023
Empower change: Ban source-of-income discrimination in Lincoln
An open letter from our partners with Collective Impact Lincoln.
August 11, 2023
Strengthen your citizenship: Get in your REPS
Respect. Engage. Practice. Support.
August 7, 2023
Meet Tanner Cano, Civic Nebraska’s executive assistant
Tanner manages the executive director's schedule and travel, assists in staffing our boards, tracks, assists, and prioritizes the executive director’s tasks, and coordinates with Civic Nebraska staff for organization-wide initiatives. 
August 3, 2023
Are election law changes really much ado about nothing?
A new study suggests that recent state-level changes in a number of states don't have the partisan effect some expected.
July 28, 2023
TROVE: A closer look at Lancaster County 
Poverty, median income, housing tenure, and education correlated more strongly in Lancaster County with voter turnout than at the state level.
July 20, 2023
It’s grow time: Celebrating the LNE community garden
Enjoy a student-led garden tour, sample local produce, and get insights from LPS staff and community partners about the garden. Anyone interested in gardens and outdoor learning efforts is welcome to join in. 
July 18, 2023
Voters with disabilities surged in ’22, thanks to vote-by-mail
When you meet voters where they are, they're far more likely to participate in elections.
July 13, 2023
Lift others’ voices. Democracy will thank you for it.
We have a democratic duty to lift up the voices and share the stories of others, particularly those of us who have been historically silenced.
July 12, 2023
Introducing Logan Niedzielski, our Campbell CLC site leader
As the leader of the Campbell CLC in north-central Lincoln, Logan creates opportunities and support services for improved student learning and development, stronger families, and healthier neighborhoods.
July 5, 2023
Play Deep: a Civic Sermon
Be good teammates. Keep driving toward our shared goal. And coach each other up when needed.
July 1, 2023
Summer: a time for fun, a time for learning
School may be out, but our mission to build the next generation of civic leaders never ends.
June 28, 2023
What? So What? Now What?: SCOTUS’ Moore vs. Harper ruling
The 6-3 high court ruling is a victory – and a big relief – for voting rights advocates in the United States.
June 27, 2023
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: 2023 in review
Thanks to all of you who called, emailed, testified, and donated in support of Nebraskans' voting rights this session.
June 20, 2023
The Civic Season is upon us!
This Civic Season – from Juneteenth to Independence Day – let's celebrate the story of America and rededicate ourselves to our nation's founding creed.
June 15, 2023
Putting TROVE to work: examining Nebraska voter turnout
Civic Nebraska will host a webinar at noon CDT (11 am MDT) on June 15 to introduce TROVE, discuss best practices and potential applications, and answer any questions about the new tool.
June 9, 2023
Strong Neighborhoods grants to fund $25,000 in local projects
Civic Nebraska will serve as the fiscal agent and distribute the funding at the discretion of the Community Builder Coalition, a group of community builders and organizers from local organizations developed out of Prosper Lincoln's Strong Neighborhoods initiative.
June 8, 2023
Introducing TROVE, the Nebraska voter turnout tool
TROVE is a map-based, data-rich interactive resource that highlights the state's voter participation rates.
June 6, 2023
Vote-by-mail: How does Nebraska stack up?
Democracy is best served by meeting voters where they are – this means accessible, secure, vote-by-mail-friendly elections that include numerous and accessible in-person options to receive and cast our ballots.
June 2, 2023
Legislature passes ‘least bad’ version of voter ID
Legislators have put LB514 on the governor’s desk.
June 1, 2023
Statement on the advancement of LB514 (voter ID)
On May 30, 2023, following the Nebraska Legislature's vote to advance LB514 to Final Reading, Civic Nebraska issued the following statement.
May 30, 2023
The 2023 Summer of Democracy Reading List
We asked, and Nebraskans delivered by nominating more than 100 titles for our annual summer reading list on democracy, civics, history, and the social sciences. Here are our favorites from the bunch.
May 29, 2023
Round Two: Voter ID is back on the docket
If you're in the Lincoln area, join us Tuesday morning at the Capitol to see LB514 through to Final Reading.
May 28, 2023
On Give To Lincoln Day, donate to democracy.
On Wednesday, May 24, Civic Nebraska is participating in Give To Lincoln Day, the capital city's annual 24-hour community giving event.
May 23, 2023
Lawmakers overwhelmingly advance LB514 (voter ID)
LB514 easily survived a filibuster by Sen. Julie Slama and now moves to Select File, the second of three possible rounds of legislative debate.
May 22, 2023
Voter ID hits the floor May 22
The compromise version, advanced 8-0 this week by the Government Committee, is the "least bad" option among the voter ID bills introduced this session.
May 19, 2023
What? So What? Now what?: Stopping extreme voter ID
Significant movement has occurred this week in the months-long statehouse discussion about voter ID, and we expect conflict at the State Capitol.
May 17, 2023
Good news for Lincoln neighborhoods
Collective Impact Lincoln has received a three-year grant to continue its hyperlocal work in the Belmont, Clinton, Everett, Hartley, Near South, and University Place neighborhoods. 
May 16, 2023
The Nation’s Report Card: Our job is clear
For many young people, it’s a struggle to understand how our institutions work and, moreover, why civic engagement is important. It's going to take all of us to change this.
May 10, 2023
Our statement on LB535
As described, the current LB535 components appear to be less burdensome than what had been recently proposed.
May 5, 2023
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to Cinco de Mayo
The holiday was born of geopolitical conflict, persisted via devotion to democracy, revived by 20th-century Mexican-American activism, and morphed by money and marketing into what it is today.
May 5, 2023
Lincoln: Few concerns in city’s general election
Civic Nebraska trained and deployed about two dozen Election Protectors to observe precincts around the capital city and has responded to several queries to its day-of Election Protection Line
May 2, 2023
In May, donate to democracy
Officially, Give to Lincoln Day is May 24 – but you can donate to Civic Nebraska starting today, up to and through the big day. 
May 1, 2023
Crossing Divides: a wider look at confronting conflict
Civic Nebraska took part in a three-state pilot project that confronted systemic and structural forces that tend to exacerbate contemporary divisions.
April 25, 2023
2023 Summer of Democracy Reading List: Share your picks!
Every spring, we count on Nebraskans to nominate book titles for all ages that are fun and funny as well as serious and fundamental to our democracy.
April 24, 2023
Voter ID is fast approaching at the statehouse
The Nebraska Legislature is expected to debate a measure that imposes additional photo identification requirements on every Nebraska voter.
April 19, 2023
Meet Sam Meier-Bates, Collective Impact Lincoln community organizer
The Lincoln native works with neighbors, attends and organizes community events, and engages residents in grassroots leadership development, neighborhood revitalization, and low-wage worker organizing. He also organizes volunteers for neighborhood revitalization projects, asset mapping, and leadership development.
April 18, 2023
National Week of Conversation: Bridging differences, advancing democracy
By engaging one-on-one and in small groups, we remind ourselves that the “other” is, just like us, a person with family, friends, hopes, fears, values, and worth.
April 17, 2023

Locations

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