Posted by Bridge Alliance on May 22, 2017 at 12:13 PM
We recently asked our member organizations to let us know about some their accomplishments in the last year and their goals for the year ahead. We are thrilled to share with you what some had to say.
Congressional Management Foundation
Conducted 57 training sessions for more than 250 congressional offices involving 1,180 congressional staff on topics including: management, writing, dealing with difficult constituents, conducting better meetings, etc.
Goals: Launch Democracy Awards (under a grant from Bridge Alliance), a new program to highlight innovation, customer service, and transparency in congressional offices.
In 2016, iCivics exceeded all expectations for growth and impact: 150,000 teachers across the United States use iCivics. Over 5 million students benefitted from our resources! And young people played our games 7.5 million times last year alone.
Goals: Our strategic goals for 2017 and the next 4 years are ambitious: we must expand our reach to 10 million students per year; deepen our impact on students' ties to literacy and civic engagement; build demand for good civic education at the state level; and develop models for financial sustainability.
Implemented three Citizens' Initiatives reviews on statewide ballot measures in Oregon, Arizona and Massachusetts. Set up a CIR demonstration in California on one of the most expensive ballot measures in the state's history.
Goals: Continue national expansion of CIR to new states and local jurisdictions to implement in 2018. Offer a variety of skills-building and relationship-building programs to promote effective citizen engagement and deliberation. Partner with high schools to offer CIR model curriculum for civics education enhancement. Build out social media presence to enhance impact of CIRs in states without access to voter's guides.
We have received many responses to our survey and will continue to send out emails about them!