Citizenship & Civic Participation: Tools & Templates
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You can use the following tools to inform and educate both citizens and immigrants in your communities about civic participation.
A popular education resource of exercises and tools developed by the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. It features eight workshop modules that include activities, discussion questions, fact sheets, and other resources to help build dialogue, engagement, and shared action within and between communities.
Civic Engagement and Recent Immigrant Communities: A planning guide for local officials and other community leaders.
This guide from the National League of Cities presents local officials with the first steps and directions for developing or re-establishing efforts toward integrating immigrants into the civic life of the city. It provides guidance for conducting meetings with small groups of local leaders that are representative of the many cultural and ethnic facets of the community. It includes suggested agendas, background materials, planning considerations, and successful formats for civic engagement.
Civic Participation Action Materials
The Civic Participation and Community Action Source Book provides a list of web sites and resource materials available on-line for teachers interested in incorporating civic participation and social justice issues into lessons. The Sourcebook includes narrative examples and skill-building activities that can help adults prepare to be civically active.
Close Up Foundation Online
Take a virtual tour of Washington, D.C., read current news and statistics on civic interests and awareness, and view on-line civic resources.
A private, non-partisan company that specializes in facilitating civic participation through the web. Congress.org allows users to identify and contact local, state and national leaders; create action alerts; find and contact local and national media; search alerts and take action on different issues. Offers internet users the opportunity to register to vote on-line. (English and Spanish)
Grassroots Tool Kit
A Manual on Event Planning, Coalition Building, and Grassroots Advocacy (PDF document). This kit offers information on how to organize, lobby, and contact your elected officials; published by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR.)
Help America Vote Act Tools
The Center for Voting and Democracy has assembled and prepared a variety of materials to aid individuals and states seeking to implement the Help America Vote Act as effectively as possible.
Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Toolkit for Movement-Building Electoral Organizing
Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action (PILA) has compiled this toolkit, containing material created for Mobilize the Immigrant Vote training programs conducted by PILA. It contains basic information, ideas, worksheets, sample materials, exercises, and handouts that can be used to plan and implement electoral activities appropriate for your organizational capacity and community context. While the general framing of the toolkit and each of the sections is in English, all the handouts and worksheets are provided in English, Spanish and Chinese.
New Citizens Vote! Exercises
This curriculum by the Northern California Citizenship Project seeks to increase the skills and self-confidence of immigrants about voting and the local decision-making processes. Exercises include a mock election to illustrate the importance of each individual's vote; how and where to find information about political parties; basic critical thinking and problem solving techniques and opportunities to design solutions to community problems with classmates. (Available in 5 languages)
National Mail Voter Registration Form
Register to vote by printing the form and mailing it from anywhere in the U.S. Allows users to register to vote from anywhere in the United States. (Available in English and Spanish)
Project Vote Smart
A national library of factual information, it covers candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings.
Register on-line with the Selective Service. All males (US citizens and aliens permanently residing in the US and its territories) are required to register as soon as they reach their 18th birthday.
Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants
A publication for new permanent residents from US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Contains practical information to help immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, as well as basic civics information that introduces new immigrants to the U.S. system of government.