The Civic Health Ambassador Program creates a network of Nebraskans committed to making civic health a priority in their community.
The greatest assets to a community are the invested people who live there. Similarly, community members have the most to gain from strong civic health. Civic health is divided into indicators of social connectedness, confidence in institutions, community engagement, and political involvement. Communities with strong civic health enjoy many benefits like resilient economies, accountable and representative governments, and high social capital.
Ambassadors use the 2015 Nebraska Civic Health Index as a catalyst to identify strengths, issues, and ultimately opportunities for civic action. Ambassador roles include:
- Participate in a community conversation hosted by the Nebraska Civic Health Partnership to learn about current civic data and action steps for Nebraska.
- Bring civic health information back to your community in a meaningful way, through a group you belong to, in a presentation to a community institution, at a family picnic, however makes sense! The Nebraska Civic Health Partnership has a Civic Health Toolkit to use in hosting community conversations and moving from conversation to action. Bring partners into this conversation. Who can help strengthen your community?
- Make an action-plan. We can strengthen civic health together. What does improving civic health look like in your community? Let’s do it! The Civic Health Toolkit includes a feedback form – we want to know what you’re up to and how we can help.
- Document the ways that civic health is becoming a priority in your community. Are actions incorporated in community planning? Has an organization fit civic health into its work? Are schools getting engaged? What’s happening to improve civic health?
- Meet twice each year with other ambassadors to learn more about civic health and share about successes or obstacles to stronger civic engagement.
For more information on the program, contact Kelsey Arends at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 904-5191.