Exploring the Dimensions of Civic Participation

So far, we’ve created a framework for understanding civic involvement as it relates to volunteering. Now we’re going to examine some of the underlying issues that shape the needs in our communities. Once we’ve come to a deeper understanding of these issues, we can identify the unique ways in which each of us can become more civically involved.

The activities in this section will help you develop a greater understanding of how to deepen your own civic involvement, and are easily adaptable to use with your volunteers and national service participants.


In this section on Exploring the Dimensions of Civic Participation we will:

  • Discuss root causes and pathways to action

  • Create a plan for civic involvement

  • Identify spheres of influence and action

Let's begin by defining and identifying root causes...