Today marks the first day of the new year, and offers each of us an opportunity to spend time reflecting on the year past and setting new goals for the year ahead. As you create your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions, think back on the civic engagement actions that you took during 2018, and set tangible goals to grow your engagement in the new year. Whether we take action at home, in the workplace, or in the halls of government, civic engagement allows us to help shape the policies and power structures that directly impact our daily lives and our collective futures.
This #TakeActionTuesday, set your 2019 New Year’s Civic Engagement Resolution with All In Together. Follow this link to write your New Year’s Civic Engagement Resolution, and the AIT team will follow up with you in 2019 to remind you of your goals and help you get there! Here are some tips to keep in mind while setting your 2019 civic engagement goals:
- Think Beyond The Ballot Box. Remember that civic engagement includes a wide range of actions that allow us to exercise our power as citizens to influence the decisions and policies that directly impact our lives. These actions include everything from publishing an op-ed, to speaking at a town hall meeting, to organizing a coffee meeting with your city council members. Taking a broad view of what it means to be civically engaged will help you grow your engagement in a way that makes the most sense for you.
- Set Your Issue Priorities. Focusing on the issues that matter most to you will help you remain committed throughout the year and allow you to engage in deeper, more meaningful, and more effective ways. Consider which issues best represent your passions, are most urgent, and leverage your skills and experience. To learn more, check out AIT’s step-by-step guide to setting your issue priorities.
- Meet Your New Representatives. Civic engagement is important at every level of government—from your local community board to the halls of U.S. Congress. Visit AIT’s Action Center to find out who represents you in the new year and the new Congress!
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