Civic engagement happens when people of all backgrounds participate in public life and help shape their community’s future. A thriving culture of civic engagement is associated with a robust sense of belonging and higher levels of stewardship, advocacy
Americans may be more disconnected from each other than ever. This is seen in many social and economic trends: With each passing year, we speak to our neighbors less and trust one another less. Faith in our civic institutions — government, business, the media — is declining. We are more likely to live in neighborhoods that are segregated by income, political persuasion and cultural beliefs.
Without meaningful connection across economic, cultural and partisan differences, our ability to empathize and trust our fellow Americans and government institutions is undermined, and it becomes difficult to solve problems that require broad-based cooperation.