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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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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I think [civic reflection] allowed me to solidify my values and beliefs. It helped me see other points of view rather than being stuck in my own thoughts. It helped me to be more open-minded. I also think it was one of the catalysts of continuing service another year and remaining committed to service in the future.

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--AmeriCorps Member, Texas

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Civic reflection made me less afraid to have discussions with people about “difficult” topics.

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--Public Allies Member, 2011-2012

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