The Civvys are almost here!

Posted by on October 16, 2017 at 12:20 PM

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More than ever before, America’s future depends on working together. We need to celebrate the people and initiatives thatleverage collaboration and creativity to strengthen communities, heal partisan divides and invigorate American democracy. That’s why we created the American Civic Collaboration Awards - or Civvys.

The 2017 American Civic Collaboration Awards finalists all exemplify what it means to embrace diverse perspectives and make a difference. Selected by a panel of civic engagement experts from over 50 nominations, this year’s finalists have achieved on-the-ground impact at the youth, regional and national level. We are pleased to honor them, along with all our nominees, at an awards ceremony and reception on Friday, October 20 at the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C. The winners will be announced following the awards ceremony.

We’d also like to extend our sincere congratulations to all Civvys nominees, each of whom is harnessing teamwork to help overcome polarization and foster civic renewal.

2017 Civvys Finalists


  • Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
  • Sam Novey, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge
  • State Legislative Leaders Foundation, National Institute for Civil Discourse & National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • Essential Partners
  • Peter Weichlein, USAFMC
  • Liz Joyner, Village Square
  • Ken Nwadike, Free Hugs Project


  • Craig Freshley, Make Shift Coffee House
  • New Hampshire Listens
  • Alabama Media Group
  • Bob Heisse and Chuck Hughes
  • Amy Curran, Generation Citizen
  • Pedro Silva, Living Room Conversations


  • Student PIRGS
  • Bridge The Divide
  • Montevallo Junior City Council

The Civvy awards are co-sponsored by the Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation.

Bridge Alliance

Bridge Alliance Member In The News:
Charter for Compassion - WEKU
National Institute for Civil Discourse - Maine Public
The Centrist Project - IVN