On September 27, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted CIVICS FORWARD to discuss the future of civic education, civic engagement, and civil discourse in America. We brought together leaders in business, education, and government to discuss how we can prepare the next generation for the awesome responsibilities they bear in a democracy.
Why does this matter?
The United States has posted declines in various measures of civic awareness and participation across generations. Informed and active citizens make for a stronger country, a stronger economy, and a stronger workforce. This is essential for our continued prosperity.
What is the solution?
Civic learning occurs throughout one’s life in schools, in family life, throughout our communities, and in the workplace. Business is uniquely positioned to help ensure that the next generation of Americans has the knowledge, skills, and disposition to take a productive role in civic life.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is working to reverse the decline in civic knowledge and participation. Our work is nonpartisan, and it is predicated on the belief that business has a responsibility to support greater civic knowledge and engagement at the local and national level.