Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities
Nonprofit service organizations in the U.S. have contact with millions of people in need each year. As a result, local communities often view them as places where the neglected and forgotten can receive critical services.
By S. Karthick Ramakrishnan July 2006Celia Viramontes
By the Alliance for Children and Families
The goals of New Voices include informing the human services field on strategies to support civic engagement, and building the capacity of human service agencies to commit to this work. The report is a learning tool and an invitation for dialogue. In the following pages, we examine the experiences of six Alliance for Children and Families member organizations and their efforts to work with community partners to support the civic engagement of their constituent-clients.
By Andy Nash, New England Literacy Resource Center/World Education This article proposes a process for building ESOL students capacity for engaged and active citizenship through which EL/Civics classes serve as a venue for not just comprehending, but also critically examining policies and systems that affect students lives. It draws on years of work with ESOL providers, the Equipped for the Future citizen/community member role map, and a theoretical framework that describes three kinds of citizens: personally responsible, participatory, and justice-oriented citizens.