Major California Civic Health Study to be Released 11/10

Join us at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy at 12 pm on Wednesday, November 10 for the release of the 2010 California Civic Health Index.

Following the key November 2 mid-term elections, the Congressionally-chartered National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), in collaboration with Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute, California Forward, and the Center for Civic Education, will release its annual study of California civic participation.

This year’s study examines two broad categories of civic health: “social civic engagement” (activities such as volunteering, working with neighbors, and dining with family) and “political civic engagement” (activies such as voting, registering to vote and discussing politics with other).

The Index appears at first glance to paint a bleak picture of California because the state ranks low in a number of categories. However, upon closer examination, the contrary is actually true with California comparing very favorably with demographically-comparable states such as New York and Texas. Trend lines for California since 2007 also exhibit very positive signs.

The Index release will feature a panel of speakers including:

  1. David B. Smith, executive director, National Conference on Citizenship
  2. Bruce McPherson, former California Secretary of State, member of California Forward’s Leadership Council
  3. Pete Peterson, executive director, Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy
  4. Maria Gallo: Director, Center for Civic Education

Following remarks by Pete Peterson describing this year’s results in California, David Smith will offer a national perspective on civic engagement. This will be followed by a roundtable discussion involving Pete Peterson, Bruce McPhereson and Maria Gallo focusing on possible policy approaches to encourage even greater civic involvement in California.

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