This election year is already creating more anxiety, fear, anger, apathy, and everything in between — and we’re only a few months in.

If you want to find a more purposeful — and even hopeful — way of being a caring and responsible American during 2024, you’ve come to the right place. 

This year, we invite you to spark citizenship. We think of citizenship not as the passports you hold, but as a commitment to using your power and acting with a sense of civic character. It means being part of efforts to improve the quality of life in your community and feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. It’s having a civic mindset and a commitment to embracing your role in the American experiment. And fortunately, we’ve got something in the works to help you do just that.


SPARK CITIZENSHIP / APRIL FOCUS
Civic Gatherings

This month’s focus task is to become a gathering engineer. Study the areas of disconnection, of social breakdown, and of civic opportunity around you. It could be a swap meet, a BBQ at the county fair, a program at your library, a Memorial Day potluck, a community garden workshop… gatherings can (and should!) fit with the culture of your place. Do what you can: show up once; join a planning group; organize something of your own — each small step matters!

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Every month over the course of 2024, we’ll be focusing on a timely theme and sharing practical resources, inspiring examples, and grounded encouragement to not only live like a citizen yourself but activate it in others. 

​So don’t let your year be defined by the pull of polarization and election headlines. This is your moment to step up your game. You can be the spark that invites connection, curiosity, and commitment to citizenship in those around you.