After surveying more than 1,400 local officials and civic leaders
in California, new research finds that these critical players
seek broader public engagement and stronger collaboration, and
share concern for a disconnect between the public and local
officials. The research conducted by Public Agenda in partnership
with the Institute for Local Government and Davenport Institute
for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine
University examines the state of public participation in local
government decision making in California, suggests approaches for
Resources and case stories to help local officials in California successfully engage and integrate immigrant residents into the civic and public life of their communities. Also see information about pathways for legal permanent residents to achieve U.S. citizenship, and strategies for local officials to support these citizenship efforts and to engage new citizens in their community.
Resources and case stories to help local officials and staff develop and maintain effective youth commissions and to engage youth in the civic and public life of their communities.
See the Best Practices and Resources section below for a roster of youth commissions, a set of briefing papers to guide youth commission activities, various publications to help guide youth commission development, sample youth commission charter and examples of youth master plans.
See the California Stories section below for stories of youth commissions and other youth engagement activities and accomplishments. See the Stories from Beyond California section for outstanding stories of youth commissions and engagement outside of California.
Also see pods at right to link directly to the roster of California youth commissions and to the set of present Youth Commission Briefing Papers.