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Growing Democracy: Backyard Civics 101

  • Parker Hannifin Downtown YMCA 1301 E. 9th St. Cleveland, OH, 44114 United States (map)

You know who the President is, but who is your County Commissioner? Who governs your schools? What’s the difference between a City and a Township? The decisions of your local governments impact your life daily - from your roads and schools to the color of your house and where you shop. Civicize.Me's Backyard Civics 101 workshop, facilitated by Shannon Garrett, will demystify these civic institutions, spotlight the power you have within them, and help you identify your own civic ambition.

Whether you want to run for office yourself, change local policies to improve the quality of life in your community, or just get that darned pothole fixed in front of your home, Backyard Civics 101 is a good place to start! It’s time to #GetCivicized, because a vibrant democracy starts with you.



Shannon Garrett, Founder and President, SMG Strategies 

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