The California Community Colleges Civic Impact Project is a non-partisan effort to engage community college students in issues that affect the community, state, and nation as a means to promote lifelong civics-related skills, career paths, and volunteerism. In partnership with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, colleges, researchers, and youth advocacy groups, the project aims to incorporate civic engagement and civic literacy into the broader framework of students’ education.
This project began in the fall of 2016 with a cohort of 25 pilot colleges who conducted student voter registration and outreach. Participating students registered voters and educated their peers on absentee voting, ballot measures, finding their polling place, and other elements relating to elections. Students who excelled during this portion of the project will join the California Community Colleges Civic Impact Scholars Program. Scholars complete a robust series of civic engagement activities that foster a greater understanding of the democratic process and the roles of individuals in a democracy.
The project also leads a “Be a part of it all” campaign which encourages community college students to ensure their voices are heard when communities make decisions.
Colleges looking to implement this civic impact program on their campus should contact the Foundation for current partnership opportunities. In addition to grant funds, participating colleges will receive nonpartisan resources and materials for implementing effective voter registration and engagement events.
This project is made possible through the support of NextGen Climate America, a 501(c)3 organization.