Our Beliefs

The lack of citizen involvement is a quiet epidemic and a threat to our future.

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Americans need a broader view of citizenship – it goes well beyond voting, jury duty, and community service.

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Effective citizens do simple, yet impactful things – citizen actions – on a daily basis that keep the country free.

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”  – President Kennedy

Citizen Actions

We have identified 100 citizen actions, explained why they matter, and grouped them into 6 categories:

  • Heritage – Actions that remind us of our heritage.
  • Democratic Process – Actions that involve us in the democratic process.
  • Special Groups – Actions that support special groups with a responsibility for keeping the country strong.
  • Government – Actions that help us understand our government.
  • Community – Actions that promote a sense of community.
  • Individuals & Families – Actions that strengthen individuals and families.

Instructional Materials (free)

For teachers

Who would like to supplement the citizenship component of a social studies curriculum or character education program like Character Counts.

For parents

Looking for guidance in raising involved and effective citizens.

For boy and girl scouts

Working toward citizenship-related pins, patches, and badges

What's New

On: February 9, 2021

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On: November 8, 2019

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On: February 11, 2019

The question isn’t why Minnesota’s 5th District congressional representative IIhan Omar dislikes Jews. She is free to express her viewpoints....

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