For people who own cars, it's fairly easy to get to a doctor, a grocery store that offers fresh fruits and vegetables, or a park where they can exercise. But in many low-income communities, where residents depend on public transit and walking, poorly...
A Brief Description
Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
- Preface from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education by Thomas Ehrlich
Civic engagement in a democratic government is the fundamental right of its citizens to help make decisions. On the local level, civic engagement often takes the form of individual volunteerism and community collaboration. An unhealthy level of civic engagement has become an alarming national issue as it appeared that fewer Americans were participating in politics and organized community, despite increasing participation in higher education. The internet and digital tools have been able to facilitate political participation with the ultimate goal of influencing government policy to appropriately address the needs of the public.