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The Florida Joint Center on Citizenship
The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship is a partnership between the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida. The Joint Center grew from a 2006 bipartisan effort, launched by Congressman Lou Frey and Senator Bob Graham, to improve civic education in Florida. Since 2006, with the help of many other organizations and people, the state’s Social Studies standards and benchmarks have been revised and strengthened, the Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Act has added civics to Florida’s list of tested subjects, and the Joint Center has been established by formal agreement between the University of Florida and the University of Central Florida.
The Bob Graham Center for Public Service
The Bob Graham Center at the University of Florida is a community of students, scholars and politically engaged citizens devoted to: enhanced citizenship; the training of current and future civic leaders; and the development of policy on issues of importance to Florida, the nation and the world. Through rigorous coursework, research and experiential learning, the Center enables students to master competencies that are essential for citizens to discharge their rights and responsibilities within a democratic government. The Center provides a forum at which state, national and global issues of the day are debated and analyzed by policy makers, scholars, students and members of the community.
Lou Frey Institute of Politics & Government
The Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida promotes the development of enlightened, responsible, and actively engaged citizens. The Institute works to accomplish its mission: through civic education programs that encourage thoughtful debate and discussion about current policy issues; through experiential learning programs that encourage the development of civic and political skills; by working to help strengthen the civic education capacity of Florida’s k-12 education system; and through research, policy analysis, and advocacy.
National Conference on Citizenship
At the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), we believe everyone has the power to make a difference in how their community and country thrive. We are a dynamic, non-partisan nonprofit working at the forefront of our nation’s civic life. We continuously explore what shapes today’s citizenry, define the evolving role of the individual in our democracy, and uncover ways to motivate greater participation. Through our events, research, and reports, NCoC expands our nation’s contemporary understanding of what it means to be a citizen. We seek new ideas and approaches for creating greater civic health and vitality throughout the United States.