Building A Grad Nation: Meeting the Moment 2020

Join Civic, America's Promise Alliance, the Everyone Graduates Center, and the Alliance for Education virtually to discuss the education impacts of COVID-19 and learnings from the 2020 Building a Grad Nation Report. The October 1st event will feature panels with youth and three former Secretaries of Education: Arne Duncan, John B. King, Jr., and Margaret Spellings.


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Indiana Conference on Citizenship| Sagamore Institute

September 17, 2020 — John Bridgeland presented on the history of national service and our country coming together during times of crisis at the Sagamore Institute's 6th annual Indiana Conference on Citizenship. Learn more about the conference and institute here:

COVID Collaborative| UNITE

August 21, 2020 — The COVID Collaborative, a project of UNITE, released a national poll by Hart Research Associates showing that mask mandates are extremely effective in getting Americans to wear face coverings when they might not do so on their own. The COVID Collaborative is a platform for bringing experts in health, education, and the economy together with state and local leaders to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. You can review the full poll results at

COVID Testing| Curative Labs

August 13, 2020 — Senator Dirk Kempthorne and the Civic team (CEO John Bridgeland, Fallon Bridgeland, and Ellie Manspile) visited Curative Labs in Washington, D.C. and were inspired by the 300 young people, including college students, who are on the front lines saving lives by running more than 30,000 COVID-19 tests every day.

The Rebuild We Need Now | The Aspen Institute Project Play

August 5, 2020 — This panel discussed the need to include recreation infrastructure in the next wave of Congressional funding. It featured J.J. Tighe, Director of the Parks & Trails Initiative, Ronda Jackson, Senior Advisor of Government Affairs of KABOOM!, Andrew Ference, Director of Social Impact, Growth, and Fan Development for the NHL, and John Bridgeland, Founder & CEO of Civic. Watch here: 

Taking Stock: America at An Inflection Point | The Aspen Institute

July 22, 2020 — This panel, featuring Melody Barnes, chair of the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Forum and former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic and former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and USA Freedom Corps, in conversation with Stephen Patrick, vice president and executive director of the Forum for Community Solutions at the Aspen Institute, discussed the nation’s COVID-19 response and how it has exposed deep systemic inequities in our nation. There were 700 registered participants—watch here: 

NEW REPORT: Preparing Youth for the Workforce of Tomorrow

June 29, 2020 — New analysis finds that social and emotional competencies align with the skills employers are seeking. Read the latest report by CASEL, created with John Bridgeland and Matthew Atwell.

Commencement Address | ArtistYear

June 23, 2020 — Congratulations to the ArtistYear AmeriCorps Class of 2020! Together you served over 17,000 students through 93,000 hours of arts engagement across 59 Title I schools in NYC, Philadelphia, and Colorado! John Bridgeland gave the Commencement Address to the ArtistYear Class of 2020. Watch here:

A Message from Civic

June 12, 2020 — Civic stands with the families of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and all black lives that have been taken by racial violence, including police brutality. It is important in this time to not only call out the racial injustice seen in the disturbing images of violence against Black and LatinX Americans, but also the institutional racism present in our education system that manifests in equity gaps for students of color and play a significant role in perpetuating a system of racial oppression. 


We are taking this time to educate ourselves, listen, reflect, and act to advance racial equity and social justice in all our work. We wholeheartedly support all those peacefully protesting across our nation, seeking change for ourselves and future generations, and pushing America to finally fulfill its promise of equal opportunity for all. Black lives matter.


The Civic Team

Reform The WHO | The National Interest

June 9, 2020 — Gary Edson, Principal at Civic and Former Deputy National Security Advisor and Deputy National Economic Advisor, writes Reform, Don’t Abandon The WHO for The National Interest found here:

Civic Education in 21st Century Schools | The Brookings Institution 

June 5, 2020 — Rebecca Winthrop advocates for schools to play a role in increased civic engagement, citing Civic Deserts, a report published by Civic.

The Millions of Young People Forgotten Amid Pandemic Response |

The Hill

June 4, 2020 — "It is common for people to discount opportunity youth because some were recently homeless or involved in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. But, as former domestic policy advisors to two presidents — one Democrat, one Republican — we work with many of them, side-by-side; recognize their potential, goals and contributions; and know a full recovery from this crisis will not occur without them." Read Melody Barnes and John Bridgeland's op-ed:

Thanks to progress made from 2001-16, 6.8 million lives have been saved from malaria. But 800 children still die from malaria every day. You can help be part of the effort to end malaria deaths.  Go to:

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