At the First Friday Breakfast on Sept. 1, 2017, panelists will consider the state of Denver’s civic health today. Topics include volunteerism, voting, community and neighborhood partnerships, as well as equity/inequity for people who have been involved in the justice system.
The political and civic health of our nation may be questioned at this time, but many local communities are functioning effectively and making progress on important issues. In addition to government, the “civic sector” – nonprofits and community members acting in their roles as voters, volunteers, activists, connectors, collaborators – is critical to providing the “social capital” that helps build community.
With Denver’s continuing and sometimes inequitable growth, we wonder: What is the state of Denver’s civic health today? We’ll cover volunteerism, voting, community and neighborhood partnerships, as well as equity/inequity for people who have been involved in the justice system.
For background, the Colorado Civic Health Index report (2013) describes some of the ways we define civic health.
We’ve assembled a diverse group of Denverites to discuss this issue:
- Doug Linkhart, President, National Civic League
- Miriam Peña, Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships, City and County of Denver
- Kristy Judd, Executive Director, Metro Volunteers
- Juston Cooper, Deputy Director, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
Moderator: Lisa VanRaemdonck, Executive Director, School of Public Affairs Institute.
If you are unable to attend in person, you can tune in remotely by phone, computer or tablet. Just log on to Zoom at the scheduled start time.
This event is free and open to the public.