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The great political time sink: hobbyism vs. engagement
What if we spent half the time we now waste fighting online doing something productive?
June 16, 2024
Lincoln CLCs named national champions
Civic Nebraska is the lead agency at three CLCs in Lincoln – Campbell Elementary School, Lincoln Northeast High School, and Lincoln High School.
June 14, 2024
Strengthening Democracy: EDGE Nebraska City
Intending to reduce poverty rates in Nebraska City by 2036, EDGE focuses on literacy, parent engagement, connecting students to the community, and relationship-building across Nebraska City.
June 14, 2024
Strengthening Democracy: Juan Carlos Huertas
Our 2024 Civic Catalyst is recognized for bringing people together to have difficult conversations and build connection and understanding during polarized times.
June 12, 2024
This Civic Season, participate with purpose
This is the fourth year that partners around our country are gathering to celebrate our powerful American ideals.
June 11, 2024
Strengthening Democracy: Bob Reeves
Our 2024 Community Builder is recognized for his decades of advocacy – for his neighborhood, and for the quality of life of all Lincolnites.
June 10, 2024
Home Free: A Civic Sermon
"We all are the living, breathing result of those who dared to pursue a timeless dream – that life for them, in a place called America, could be better."
June 8, 2024
5 things about Paige Waite, civic health intern
The fourth-year journalism and gender studies major at Nebraska U. joins our civic health team.
June 7, 2024
Insights from Civic Nebraska’s statewide listening tour
Civic Nebraska recently embarked on a statewide listening tour to engage with Grand Island, North Platte, Scottsbluff/Gering, and Norfolk. The discussions illuminated the common strengths and the unique challenges faced by each area and provided insights into the state of civic engagement across Nebraska.
June 7, 2024
5 things about Quinn Knispel, policy intern
The senior social work major at Nebraska Wesleyan University joins our policy team.
June 6, 2024
Our 2024 Strengthening Democracy honorees are …
The 2024 Strengthening Democracy Awards honorees include volunteers, advocates, students, and other everyday Nebraskans who demonstrate exceptional civic leadership and embody Civic Nebraska’s vision of a collaborative and innovative democratic society.
June 3, 2024
The 2024 Summer of Democracy Reading List
We asked, and you delivered. Here's the 2024 Summer of Democracy Reading List, as nominated by Nebraskans and selected by Civic Nebraska staff.
May 27, 2024
May 29: Join the nationwide Walk to Fix Our Democracy
Join Civic Nebraska and friends in welcoming Rick Hubbard to Lincoln during his cross-country 'Walk To Fix Democracy.'
May 21, 2024
Civic Saturday returns June 8. Join us!
Join us at First-Plymouth Church for live music, original poetry, readings, speeches, and civic fellowship.
May 20, 2024
State primary closes; few major concerns
Navigating the state's new ID mandate and electioneering were the most frequent queries from Nebraska voters and our volunteer nonpartisan election observers.
May 14, 2024
The primary at midday: Some voter ID concerns, but generally…
Midway through in-person voting on Tuesday, Civic Nebraska reports an efficient Primary Election Day in the Cornhusker State.
May 14, 2024
In-person voting with Nebraska’s new ID mandate
A new identification mandate to vote is now in effect in Nebraska. Here's what you need to know.
May 13, 2024
It’s not ‘just’ a primary: 3 reasons why your vote…
While general elections do tend to get a lion's share of the attention, voting in our primaries is equally, if not more, important.
May 10, 2024
Fixing democracy, one step at a time
82-year-old Vermonter Rick Hubbard and his team are making their way across the country, one step at a time.
May 7, 2024
Nominate a Nebraskan for a Strengthening Democracy Award
On June 27, Civic Nebraska will honor five Nebraskans whose acts help to build a more modern and robust democracy. Through May 17, we're accepting nominations from the public in five categories of democracy-building.
May 2, 2024
Voting rights info headed to Nebraska’s county jails
The right to vote is fundamental. We and our partners are dedicated to providing clarity and ensuring that justice-impacted individuals understand and can exercise their right to vote.
April 29, 2024
Civic health in the wake of disaster
The moment the skies cleared Friday, Nebraskans got to work – and in doing so, embodied our state's strong civic health.
April 28, 2024
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: 2024 session in review
Director of Public Policy Heidi Uhing on the 2024 session of the Nebraska Legislature.
April 25, 2024
Meet Lily Sughroue, director of civic health programs
The Lincolnite brings her community-building and program-growing expertise to Civic Nebraska.
April 22, 2024
‘Get My Vote Back’ campaign launched
The law goes into effect July 18.
April 19, 2024
Voting rights restored! LB20 passes into law
Following the passage of LB20, which removes the extra two-year waiting period for Nebraskans who have completed a felony sentence to vote, Nebraska’s Voting Rights Restoration Coalition issued the following statement.
April 18, 2024
The 2024 Summer of Democracy Reading List: Let’s get your…
We invite readers to submit their suggested titles for this year's reading list by Friday, May 17, 2024.
April 16, 2024
Democracy begins in discussion
It's National Week of Conversation in the United States. So let's get to it.
April 15, 2024
Be a poll worker on Election Day
Several Nebraska counties are still seeking election workers to staff their polling places.
April 11, 2024
An antidote for horse-race election coverage
What if elections – and coverage of elections – mirrored the familiar process of hiring or being hired for a job?
April 10, 2024
8 steps to a smooth vote-by-mail experience
Early mail-in ballots for Nebraska’s May 14 primary election will soon land in the mailboxes of voters who have requested them. Here's how to ensure your vote-by-mail experience goes smoothly.
April 8, 2024
Celebrating ‘The Sister Project’ with Aliyah American Horse
Students from Lincoln High, Lincoln Northeast, Gordon-Rushville, and Red Cloud Indian School entered poetry or art inspired by the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.
April 7, 2024
Electoral College: We’re prepared to bring the question to voters
On April 3, 2024, Civic Nebraska issued the following statement about last-minute efforts to end our state's current Electoral College allocation system.
April 3, 2024
6 steps to easy, effective voting
Make a plan to ensure your vote is counted and your voice is heard.
April 2, 2024
Meet Scott Schrage, grant manager
The Lincolnite and Iowa native coordinates our grant activities, researches and evaluates potential funding sources, and ensures follow-through on Civic Nebraska’s funded projects.
March 29, 2024
A liberal democracy, if we can keep it
Laura Ebke, Ph.D., on understanding – and reclaiming – the foundations of our constitutional republic.
March 26, 2024
Study: Americans’ support for democratic norms remains high
Despite the words and actions of some politicians and pundits, the American people have very little appetite for throwing away our democratic way of life.
March 26, 2024
Central Valley seniors get a statehouse deep dive
Hosted by Civic Nebraska, Capitol Experience Day is a hands-on way for students to get a deep dive into state government in the place where our laws are debated and made.
March 19, 2024
Introducing Noah Rhoades, voting rights restoration coordinator
Noah coordinates grassroots advocacy and activation on voting rights restoration, including recruiting and training volunteers to engage with senators and the legislative process.
March 19, 2024
For democracy, let’s give up the right to remain silent
Just as our founding document protects against majoritarian hegemony, it implores us to not just go along with the crowd.
March 18, 2024
Lobby Day highlights Nebraska’s housing affordability crisis
More than 100 advocates, tenants, and lawmakers gathered at the Nebraska State Capitol on March 13 to call for action on a number of housing affordability issues.
March 13, 2024
Kruse shares 2024 election preparations in U.S. Senate hearing
On March 12, Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian W. Kruse shared his office’s preparations for the 2024 elections and the features that make Nebraska a gold standard for election administration.
March 13, 2024
Civic Learning Week: 4 ways to participate
The event brings together students, educators, policymakers, and leaders in the public and private sectors to highlight and further energize the movement for civic education in states and communities across the nation.
March 10, 2024
Never Forget: 9/11, ninth-grade scandals, and sins of pride
A work of short fiction by Astrid Munn.
March 8, 2024
Defend democracy – observe the 2024 elections with Civic Nebraska
Election Protectors act in a passive role, monitoring elections and the polling places and reporting their observations back to Civic Nebraska, particularly instances of concern.
March 6, 2024
Building civic health the Civic Nebraska way
Nancy Petitto on why civic health is vital to defend and sustain a modern and robust democracy. 
March 5, 2024
Rep. Justin J. Pearson, one of ‘Tennessee 3’, to keynote…
The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 27 at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
March 4, 2024
Social Emotional Learning Week is here – let’s SELebrate
SEL equips young people with tools to navigate life’s ups and downs with grace and resilience, and it’s a vital tool in Civic Nebraska’s efforts to build the state’s next generation of civic leaders.
March 3, 2024
Democracy’s Dozen: 12 Nebraska films
This Statehood Day, pop some popcorn, turn down the lights and turn on the TV, and settle in with some Cornhusker cinema.
March 1, 2024
Our testimony: AI electioneering, Native voting, paid petitioning, protecting election…
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, Civic Nebraska testified in support of three election-related bills – LB1203, LB1262, and LB1390 – and against LB1382. Here is our testimony as prepared.
February 28, 2024
Feb. 28: Testify on election bills
The Nebraska Legislature’s Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee is hosting one more hearing on election law this session, and they need to hear from you. 
February 26, 2024
Strong Neighborhood Grants make an impact. Apply now.
Civic Nebraska and the Lincoln Community Builder Coalition are awarding grants to Lincoln groups and individuals to build up the capital city's neighborhoods.
February 22, 2024
‘Fact from fiction’: Our testimony on LB1371
On Feb. 20, 2024, Civic Nebraska Director of Public Policy Heidi Uhing testified in favor of LB1371, which would create new media literacy requirements for K-12 schools in Nebraska. Here is the text of her testimony as prepared.
February 20, 2024
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

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