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


Civic (formerly Civic Enterprises) is a bipartisan ideas company specializing in innovative initiatives at the cutting edge of domestic, economic, and international policy.


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. https://casel.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Preparing-Youth-for-the-Workforce-of-Tomorrow-Final.pdf

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: https://youtu.be/k9SFeJ9oupM

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: https://nationalinterest.org/feature/abandoning-world-health-organization-will-benefit-china-160951

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. https://www.brookings.edu/policy2020/bigideas/the-need-for-civic-education-in-21st-century-schools/

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: https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/501099-the-millions-of-young-people-forgotten-amid-pandemic-response

Tennis for America | Intercollegiate Tennis Association

June 3, 2020 — John Bridgeland spoke to the ITA's first class of 8 Tennis for America fellows on the importance of national service. Learn more about the Tennis for America pilot year: https://www.wearecollegetennis.com/2020/04/17/itas-tennis-for-america-aims-to-establish-year-of-service/

Why We Need National Service | NPR WHYY

May 22, 2020 — John Bridgeland was a guest on National Public Radio in Philadelphia talking about national service with U.S. Senator Chris Coons, who has introduced legislation to expand national service.  See link to NPR interview here: https://whyy.org/episodes/the-call-for-national-service/ 

DC Summer Institutes Guest Speaker | William & Mary

May 19, 2020 -- John Bridgeland virtually joined Professor Drew Stelljes' William & Mary summer class to discuss his time in the White House and offer career advice to the students. 

8 Life Lessons I Learned From My Mother| Thrive Global

May 10, 2020 -- John Bridgeland reflects on his mother's life and love this Mother's Day. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/mothers-day-wisdom-life-lessons-from-my-mother/ 

We Need National Service. Now.| NY Times

May 7, 2020 — David Brooks writes about the need for national service, referencing Civic Founder & CEO John Bridgeland:  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/opinion/national-service-americorps-coronavirus.html

George W. Bush Call for End to Pandemic Partnership| NY Times

May 3, 2020 — In a video, the former president, who generally avoids speaking out on current affairs, urged Americans to “remember how small our differences are” in a time of crisis. President Trump swiped at him in response.

A Call to UNITE| Unite Us

May 1-2, 2020 — Chair Tim Shriver and Co-Chair John Bridgeland discuss a call to humanity, service and giving back: https://livestream.com/accounts/26575064/events/9062104/videos/205441370/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfo=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=true&mute=false


Following their conversation, the event featured President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

500,000 Service Year Jobs| The Boston Globe

April 30, 2020 — John Bridgeland and Alan Khazei call for 500,000 Service Year Jobs now in an op.ed for the Boston Globe:  https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/30/opinion/just-like-great-depression-we-need-500000-service-year-jobs-now/?event=event12

Ask Not: National Service in Times of Crisis| The Miller Center

April 24, 2020 —  John Bridgeland and Tim Shriver, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, joined a panel moderated by William Antholis, Director and CEO of the Miller Center, to discuss national service, civic responsibility, and presidential leadership as we face 2020's daunting coronavirus challenge. See the event livestream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2x9trtWQhQ. 

Civic Engagement & COVID-19| Curry School of Education

April 22, 2020 —  John Bridgeland spoke to a class for the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia about national service and civic engagement in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Professor Jackie Jodl is teaching the course and Pure Edge’s Chi Kim opened the class with insights and exercises related to stress reduction.  

'Staying At Home' is an Act of Service| The Sunday Paper

April 12, 2020 — John Bridgeland writes that during these uncertain times, "We are called upon by circumstances, loved ones, presidents or raw human need to forget ourselves and serve others." Read here

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: https://www.malarianomore.org.

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