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How COVID-19 Has Impacted Engagement: Learning from a Neighborhood in the Bronx

March 2, 2021 Comments Off on How COVID-19 Has Impacted Engagement: Learning from a Neighborhood in the Bronx

New Yorkers are serving their communities in several ways. They are checking in on their elderly neighbors, serving in their local churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples; coaching pee wee soccer, and fundraising for their parent teacher associations. However, when you look at the national data on volunteerism, New York City (NYC) ranks among the lowest in the country. 

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Not Just Fun and Games: Sustainably Engaging Communities and Building Resilience

December 22, 2020 Comments Off on Not Just Fun and Games: Sustainably Engaging Communities and Building Resilience

“A game that engages residents around environmental resilience, infrastructure projects and the ecology of Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn.”  “What is Jamaica Bay Jeopardy, Alex?”  Public Agenda and the Science and…

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Building Blocks to Support Youth Leadership in Nevada

December 7, 2020 Comments Off on Building Blocks to Support Youth Leadership in Nevada

In addition to being the leaders of tomorrow, young people can be catalytic leaders for today. This capacity has become increasingly evident in the past few years, as youth leaders…

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Claiming One’s Seat: 65 Years After Rosa Parks

December 1, 2020 Comments Off on Claiming One’s Seat: 65 Years After Rosa Parks

As I reflect on this tumultuous year, I am focused on the diverse coalition that participated in a resistance movement led by Black young adults in response to the police…

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Activating the network to fight COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

November 23, 2020 Comments Off on Activating the network to fight COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

The coronavirus pandemic has posed huge challenges for many organizations, including nonprofits, grassroots groups, community organizing initiatives, and government agencies. When the crisis hit earlier this year, organizations that relied on face-to-face relationships to engage their constituents, or even to work together within the office, suddenly had to adapt.

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Can Health Councils Plan for a Culture of Health in New Mexico?

November 4, 2020 Comments Off on Can Health Councils Plan for a Culture of Health in New Mexico?

As COVID-19 swept across the country, one of the hardest hit areas were the lands of the Navajo Nation and nearby Native American communities in Northwestern New Mexico. Throughout the…

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Can 2020 Teach Us How to Make Democracy Work Better?

November 2, 2020 Comments Off on Can 2020 Teach Us How to Make Democracy Work Better?

Beneath the endless and alarming headlines about divisive politics, racial injustice, surges of COVID-19, and a faltering economy, the crises and conflicts of 2020 have a deeper meaning. They illustrate…

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“Some of Us Have Never Been Silent”: Race, health and engagement in Southwest Georgia

October 21, 2020 Comments Off on “Some of Us Have Never Been Silent”: Race, health and engagement in Southwest Georgia

Bambie Hayes-Brown has always known three Georgias. “There was “Atlanta,” “Most of Georgia,” and then there was “Southwest Georgia,” she writes in the blog for her organization, Georgia ACT, a…

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Policing, Public Safety and Equity: Evidence and Insight for Better Policymaking

October 20, 2020 Comments Off on Policing, Public Safety and Equity: Evidence and Insight for Better Policymaking

In early October, Public Agenda partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center) and the International City/County Management Association…

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Strengthening our systems for engagement—and health—in Indiana

October 6, 2020 Comments Off on Strengthening our systems for engagement—and health—in Indiana

Our systems for engagement are failing to support effective decision-making and problem-solving, and trust between citizens and government is at an all-time low. This is partly because the legal framework…

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