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Welcome to Issue 4 of the CivCity newsletter! Read on for news about partnerships with Washtenaw Literacy, Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan School of Information, and Summers Knoll School.

CivCity EXTRA!

This month we published the first issue of CivCity EXTRA, a quarterly newsletter developed in partnership with Washtenaw Literacy and Professor Zuzana Tomas at Eastern Michigan University. It's geared toward adults with low literacy levels, and provides relevant local news & information about the community. We're excited about the potential to reach residents who in many cases are marginalized from civic life. Click here to see the Winter 2016 issue of CivCity EXTRA!

Special thanks to Grace Pang and David Christensen, graduate students at EMU who are taking the lead in producing the second issue of CivCity EXTRA to be published in April!

Surveying Young Voters

Students, staff & faculty at the University of Michigan School of Information worked with CivCity during UM's Jan. 16 Service Day to honor Martin Luther King Jr. They developed interview questions aimed at discovering voting habits and attitudes of young adults, focused on local elections and issues. They also spent part of the day interviewing people on campus, then regrouped in the afternoon to analyze the results. Their work will help CivCity as we seek to inform voters of all ages, and to motivate people to vote!

A sampling of interview summaries collected by UMSI students, asking young adults about whether they think local government affects them and whether they vote in local elections.

UMSI students, staff & faculty who helped CivCity on the 2016 Service Day. The tall guy in the back is Cliff Lampe, an associate professor who leads UMSI's Citizen Interaction Design program.

Exploring Civic Systems

CivCity is working with 7th- & 8th-grade students at Summers-Knoll School as they study civic systems with their teacher, Karl Sikkenga. We tagged along on a bus tour he organized earlier this month, helping his students as they identified examples in the community of civic systems – the park system, transportation system, stormwater system (it was raining that day!) and many others. They'll be studying these systems in depth as the school year progresses. We applaud Karl's creative approach to teaching civics!

Summers-Knoll students from Karl Sikkenga's 7th- & 8th-grade class on a bus tour of civic systems in January 2016.

How Can You Help?

Contribute to CivCity today with a one-time or monthly online donation. It's tax deductible! 
Or you can send a check to:
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104

CivCity also accepts stock donations through our broker, the local office of Wells Fargo Advisors. Contact Mary Morgan at for details.

Help Spread the Word!

Know of someone who might be interested in our work? Please forward this e-newsletter – we appreciate your help in letting people know about CivCity.
Former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle (D) and Trent Lott (R) have written a new book, "Crisis Point: Why We Must – And How We Can – Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington And Across America."

They focus primarily on the national level, and it's an important effort. But I believe we have the best chance of healing & strengthening our democracy when we start closer to home, in the communities where we live. The projects you'll read about in this newsletter are working to do just that.

– Mary Morgan, CivCity Founder & Executive Director


Support CivCity

CivCity is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit focused on increasing awareness of how local government works and motivating residents to get involved. Please support our work by sending donations to: 
The CivCity Initiative
118 S. Main St.
Ann Arbor MI 48104

You can also donate online by clicking this link – it's easy!

You'll get our heartfelt thanks written by hand (let's hear it for old school!) on a notecard featuring local public art or civic infrastructure. How cool is that?

This image is a detail from the mosaics at the Fourth & Washington parking structure.
CivCity Board of Directors
Devon Akmon
Paul Courant
Mary Morgan
Ingrid Sheldon
Linh Song

Special thanks for generous support from the James A. & Faith Knight Foundation, the United Way of Washtenaw County, and the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation!

CivCity Online

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