Civic Engagement

"Civic engagement is one of the most essential tasks of social studies education. It is critically important that students at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels learn more about government at the national, state, and local levels. It is also important that students learn about their responsibilities as global citizens. It is equally important that students have the opportunity to “take informed action.”

The power of Civic Engagement:
Promotes a sense of community and is the foundation of a democratic society.
Empowers young adults, increases their self-determination, and gives them the skills and self-confidence to be active community members.

Examples of Civic Engagement

Meaningful Actions Make an Impact

Amend a town War Memorial to include the names of enslaved people who died in the Revolutionary War .

Rename a public park honoring an enslaver to a more inclusive space or identify a new space. (ex. Renaming of Goodman Green to Unity Green in West Hartford Center )

Design a public mural to remember the names of enslaved people who helped to build your town.

Three members of the Mayor’s Youth Council requested that the name of New Street be changed to Dinah Road.

Advocate for a town process for naming streets, parks, and waterways

Create new historical markers in town to honor enslaved people whose toil helped to build the community .

Address the Town Council (in letters and in person) about the history of slavery in your town and advocate for public recognition.

Write letters to the local newspapers to educate the community on the history of slavery and freedom in your town.