Civic Health Champions

Become a Civic Health Champion

The Y is partnering with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) to recognize, train, and support middle and high school educators as Civic Health Champions who will assess and strengthen the civic health of their schools through their sponsorship of the Y’s Youth and Government program:

In addition to trainings and opportunities co-hosted by the Y and NCoC, champions will:

  • Receive a stipend (varies by state) to offer Youth and Government at their school.
  • Bring students to their state’s Youth and Government conference
  • Set civic health goals for their students and schools as well as administer a civic health survey to their Youth and Government participants and overall student body.

Educators are invited to register as Civic Health Champions at the beginning of each school year up until the end of the fall semester:

Civic Health Champion Registration Form

Note: For the 2021-22 school year, a limited number of champion spaces are available beyond our initial partner states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, and Missouri), pending approval by your state’s Youth and Government program.


Champions Calendar

After registering, all champions will receive our virtual training (25 min) that walks through each component of their role. By the end of the fall semester, champions will submit an action plan for each of their civic health goals, and then submit a final progress report in the spring alongside completion of their civic health survey administration:

Champions Training
Emailed following registration

National Conference on Citizenship
Civic Health Champions Panel
Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 | 1:45-2:45pm ET

Champion Action Plan Deadline
Friday, Dec. 31, 2021

Champion Report & Survey Deadline
Thursday, Mar. 31, 2022

Champions Convening
Date & Time TBA

In addition to these dates and deadlines, each state Youth and Government program can coordinate additional opportunities with their respective champions.


Civic Health Goals

Each Champion will be asked to create an action plan to meet 3 civic health goals during the school year, beginning with conversations during breakout sessions at our fall training:

  1. In order to work with your Youth and Government students to improve the civic health of your school, your participants should reflect and represent the different dimensions of diversity within your student community. How will you work to accomplish this?
  2. How can you best utilize your Youth and Government participants to improve the overall civic health of your school?
  3. What institutional changes can you advocate for with your fellow educators and administrators to sustain the civic health of your school?

Champions will be asked to submit their action plan during the fall, and then a final report on their progress along with their civic health survey results prior to our spring convening.


Youth Civic Health Survey

Finally, our Civic Health Champions will help their schools take part in the Y’s Youth Civic Health Survey, inspired by NCOC’s Civic Health Index (CHI) and consisting of indicators adapted from Civic Engagement and Volunteerism Supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS) administered by the US Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Youth Civic Health Survey (Coming Soon)

Each Civic Health Champion will administer the survey via the online portal above to their Youth and Government participants as well as their school’s overall student body (min. sample of 100 students) by no later than March 31st, 2022.