What’s clear is this: The more people know about democracy and their role in it, the more they are likely to participate in activities ranging from volunteerism, to community meetings and organizing to voting and self-governance.

But for most Americans, no matter what race or income level, knowledge about civics is low.  A majority of Americans can not name their congressional representative.  And, despite the increase in voting among youth in 2004, young people between 18 and 24 are the most apathetic citizens.  The Civic Literacy Project (CLP) seeks to increase the public’s understanding of democracy through the use of the public forum, a youth leadership institute and policy advocacy.

New Democracy Coalition seeks to build civic capital and a sustainable civic knowledge-based among citizens.