Announcing CT Civic Ambassadors Summit & Become and Ambassador

October 31, 2018

In order to further the civic engagement efforts on an ongoing basis throughout Connecticut, Everyday Democracy, along with Connecticut’s Secretary of State Denise Merrill and other partners, launched a Civic Ambassador Program in September of 2017. This initiative empowers resident to become catalysts for civic action that can lead to stronger civic health and REAL socioeconomic benefits, in terms of social capital and community well-being.

Announcing the 2018 CT Civic Ambassadors Summit

The 2018 Civic Ambassadors Summit will take place Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Hartford Public Library. Come to celebrate civic participation in Connecticut!  Be part of a movement to renew our civic culture! Become a CIVIC AMBASSADOR and learn how you can be a leader to make our state and communities better!

The Civic Ambassadors Summit will bring together over 60 Civic Ambassadors from throughout the state.

The keynote speaker–DOUG LINKHART, President of the National Civic League–will talk about how you can engage community residents and public officials in your city or town in conversations to make your community a better and more civil place to live for all!

Two outstanding panels featuring civic leaders of all ages will highlight some of the great civic work taking place here in Connecticut!

This is a free event, but you have to register to attend (first-come, first-serve). Only 80 people can attend. Free lunch to those who registered. 

This event is co-sponsored by Everyday Democracy, Office of the Secretary of the State, and the Hartford Public Library. Our thanks to the Hartford Public Library.

Become a CT Civic Ambassador

Civic Ambassadors are everyday people who care about and engage others
in their communities by creating opportunities for civic participation that strengthens our state’s “civic health.” Civic Health is determined by how well
diverse groups of residents work together and with government to solve public problems to strengthen their communities.

What Can Civic Ambassadors Do?
Civic Ambassadors are non-partisan agents of change who can build a movement for civic renewal by:

  • Inspiring, motivating, and empowering others to be engaged. Renowned author and speaker Eric Liu would refer to them as “super-carriers” of the civic participation “contagion.”
  • Sharing civic health information and ideas with their communities–by speaking, organizing or volunteering at community events, neighborhood events, campuses, and institutions.
  • Planning or hosting local community conversations with partner organizations, to answer these questions: “What does civic health look like in my city/town?” What steps can we take to strengthen civic health together? What does improving civic health in our community look like? How can we create spaces for
    listening to each other and working together?
  • Developing and implementing action-plans derived from the local conversations, community gatherings, and “listening sessions.” These could result in voter registration events, food or clothing drives, neighborhood cleanups, community gardens, etc.
  • Tracking, documenting, and sharing outcomes, and answering the questions: Are civic actions incorporated in community planning? Has my group or organization embraced civic participation as a key part of its work? Are my town’s schools engaging parents and students in new ways?
  • Participating in Civic Ambassador workshops, webinars and an annual Civic
    Ambassador Summit where there are opportunities to learn more about civic health, and from each other, leverage resources and partnerships, share successes and challenges, increase the visibility of the work, and build a movement for civic renewal in Connecticut!