Welcoming Kelsey Arends to the Team


Kelsey ArendsWe are excited to welcome Kelsey Arends to the Civic Nebraska team as our Civic Health Program Manager! Kelsey will lead and implement our new youth engagement programs into rural areas through a grant from the Rural Futures Initiative, and our partnership with the University of Nebraska’s Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications Department. In addition, Kelsey will also lead our efforts to publish the first ever Nebraska Civic Health Index and coordinate the Civic Health Partnership to ensure the Index is a living document provides a road map to increase civic health and participation throughout Nebraska.

Kelsey is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University. Through diverse local, national, and international service learning experiences as well as an undergraduate degree in political science and Spanish, she has developed and explored passions for justice and action. Her work aims to document and innovatively enhance Nebraskan civic health as well as develop service learning opportunities in rural communities.

Kelsey has interned and worked with Nebraska Appleseed, the Tahirih Justice Center, and the Service Learning Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. She believes in the power and responsibility of Nebraskan voices and is excited about working to continue to improve civic health in our communities.

Arends brings a broad array of service learning and organizing experience to the table and we are excited to have her working to create a more modern and robust democracy for all Nebraskans.

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