Declining rates of civic literacy and decreasing participation in civic and community engagement plague our nation. The once pervasive American ethos “to get involved” has waned among the general population; and, unfortunately, Millennials are displaying some of the highest levels of disinterest of any generation to date. However, research shows that the earlier a person embraces civic knowledge, as well as experiences community service, the more likely one will become civically aware and engaged through voting and volunteerism throughout their lifetime. Education is central to increasing civic and community engagement while working to ensure the “public good,” especially among young people.
It is for this reason that a group comprised of faculty and staff from The Democracy Commitment, Foundation for California Community Colleges, and College of the Canyons have joined together to organize the California Community Colleges Civic and Community Engagement Student Summit.
This event will be held on May 4 at College of the Canyons located in Santa Clarita, California, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The theme of the Summit is See the Need. Be the Change: Empowering Our Next Generation of Civic Leaders. This gathering follows a successful faculty civic engagement summit organized last October which welcomed over 100 participants from across the state. Our goal is to provide a similar experience for students, including panel discussions, resource tables, and keynote presentation.
We would like to invite you to attend this event, as well as set-up a resource table, if desired.
This is especially welcomed if your organization has worked directly with College of the Canyons’ Community-Based Learning students. Students are encouraged to visit tables from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., as well as meet College of the Canyon students who have served with various organizations. We also hope to generate an interest among young people not only to work with non-profits, but to consider joining a local chapter of a long-standing voluntary association.
Our planning team is excited about his new venture, and we hope that the date of May 4 will fit well with your schedule. Feel free to join us for part or all of the day. (Breakfast and lunch served.)
Please contact me for more information regarding the California Community Colleges Civic and Community Student Engagement Summit.
The College of the Canyons Theatre Department will present “The Addams Family Quarantined Concert Version,” a live virtual musical production based on the eponymous beloved television series on May 7-9.
California State University, Northridge officials are planning memorable commencement celebrations next month for the 11,151 graduates of the class of 2019-20 and the 11,538 graduates of the class of 2020-21.
Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, announced the introduction of Senate Joint Resolution 5, urging the federal government to immediately pass a correction to the Social Security formula to protect benefits for millions of Americans who turned 60 during the pandemic.
The Santa Clarita City Council will consider allocating a little over $3.5 million in federal funding intended to support low- and moderate-income residents with decent and affordable housing and economic opportunities.
After publicly expressing their support for hosting live graduations earlier this year, William S. Hart Union High School District officials outlined their proposed plans for the Class of 2021 ceremonies during their Wednesday night governing board meeting.
After plans fell through for a $100 million mall expansion that would have brought a second Costco to the Santa Clarita Valley, representatives from the big box retailer reached out to city officials to see if they could still make a second location a reality.
Nurses Week is underway and the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) is calling on registered nurse volunteers to assist with Covid-19 vaccinations at the Kedren Community Health Center in partnership with International Medical Corps.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced it will begin a phased reopening of jail visitations at the Century Regional Detention Facility starting on Mother’s Day weekend, with all other locations predicted to reopen in June.
The L.A. County Financial Navigators program, operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Center for Financial Empowerment in partnership with Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, announced it is currently providing L.A. residents with free assistance to help them deal with the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The city of Santa Clarita Human Relations Roundtable voiced strong support for the removal of the race-based “Indians” mascot at Hart High School in an open letter to the William S. Hart District School Board in alignment with the recently released statement of the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.
The California Interscholastic Federation has renewed a multi-year agreement with GoFan as the official digital ticketing partner to provide touchless, digital ticketing solutions to high schools and state-wide post season play across California.
The County of Los Angeles announced Thursday that it has distributed 23 million units of free PPE through its joint effort with PPE Unite to protect 433,000 employees at small businesses across the County.
The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) has launched its annual CalFresh Awareness Month campaign to publicize the CalFresh Nutrition Program and acknowledge community partners throughout the month of May for helping to raise public awareness year-round.