Service & Civic Organizations

​Civic reflection offers service and civic organizations a chance to explore tough organizational questions, build community, and engage in challenging, thought-provoking conversation about the people and communities they serve. What kind of change are we making? How do communities have a voice? Who should be responsible for addressing poverty and why? Civic reflection helps service and civic organizations take a step back from their day-to-day work, think about their choices and commitments, and talk about how these might impact their colleagues, communities, and the people they serve.

California humanities training 2013
California humanities training 2013

Benefits:

  • Decrease in burn-out and renewed sense of vigor for issues and populations at hand

  • Strengthened connections to colleagues and communities being served

  • Increased innovation and creativity when approaching leadership, programming, and organizational issues

View impact case studies that detail CCR's work with service and civic organizations.

What People Are Saying

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The leadership development component was an integral part of the Justice Talking experience. Listening to others sharing a viewpoint... challenged me to wade into the gray area of the reading instead of standing on the fringe with the... 'this is how it is' crowd. Leading requires listening, but it also requires hearing multiple sides in order to make the informed decision… the discussions challenged me to improve that aspect of my leadership.

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--AmeriCorps Member, Ohio

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The reflection and critical thinking that happens in these discussions creates a richer, deeper, and more meaningful experience of service.

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--AmeriCorps Project YES! member, 2011-2012

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To get staff and volunteers engaged in the cause of the Y, we must give them time, space and permission to reflect on their beliefs about people and communities, the meaning of their individual efforts, and ultimately our organization.

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--Brian Kridler

Project Director of Strategic Innovation, YMCA of the USA

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