Our Mission

Civic Spirit educates, inspires, and empowers schools across faith traditions to enhance civic belonging, knowledge, and responsibility in their student, faculty, and parent communities. 

What We Do

Civic Spirit partners with educators to strengthen civic education in their dynamic school communities.

Through enriching professional development and purposeful student programming, we support the next generation in gaining the information, skills, and sensibilities to become beholden participants in the civic life of their community and the political life of our democracy.

We believe in a multi-disciplinary approach that engages a student’s heart, head, and hands. Through our years of experience working with schools from diverse communities, we have identified three core pillars for designing effective and meaningful civic learning for all.

Civic
Belonging

Finding one’s place in the American story and fostering connection and a sense of civic responsibility for community and our self-governing democracy.

Democratic
Fluency

Knowledge of America’s history, political origins, and evolving systems through study of founding documents, primary sources, literature, religion, and the arts.

Civic
Skills

Competency in respectful discussion, media literacy, design thinking, collaboration, problem solving, and authentic relationship-building across differences.

the

problem

Deteriorating Faith

Fewer than 20% of Americans trust the government.

Destructive Polarization

 81% of Republicans and Democrats say they have an unfavorable view of the other.

Diminishing Communities

In the past 25 years, attendance at civic meetings has dropped by 58%.

the

solution

Comprehensive Civics Education

will shepherd 55 million individuals coming of age in America into the gifts and responsibilities of citizenship.

Our Vision

We envision a country in which every student reaches voting age with conviction and skills to better the civic life of our democracy.

Why We Work with Faith Communities

Civic Spirit builds civic opportunities within and between faith communities. Here is why.

Because it
is needed.

Over 4 million students in America attend schools rooted in a faith tradition; these communities are in need of comprehensive civic education to navigate the complex intersection of religion and civic life.

Because faith anchors society.

For over 50% of Americans, faith tradition informs communal behavior and social infrastructure, while providing a fertile and critical place where healthy democratic habits can be practiced and formed.

Because this is
our calling.

Our team of historians, political scientists, religious leaders, and educators are uniquely capable of and passionate about understanding the benefits and challenges of working at this essential crossroad.