Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations working to increase civic engagement in Minnesota and learn about effective strategies for action.


Citizens League
The Citizens League builds civic imagination and capacity in Minnesota.

Coalition of Asian American Leaders
The Coalition of Asian American Leaders is an effort led by Minnesota Asian American leaders leveraging assets to harness power to build unity, cohesion, and common agendas to advance equity in Minnesota.

Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
The Minnesota Legislature empowered the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage to ensure that people of African heritage fully and effectively participate in and equitably benefit from the political, social, and economic resources, policies and procedures of the State of Minnesota.

A non-profit, non-partisan, volunteer-based project whose mission is to expand participation and build stronger democracies and communities through the power of information and communication technologies and strategies.

Hands On Twin Cities
Brings people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action.

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul unites the people, resources, and voice of the faith community to build a more just, safe and livable East Metro for all.

Jefferson Center
The Jefferson Center creates opportunities for people to solve collective challenges through education, group deliberation, and community action.

Minnesota League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Minnesota Rising
Minnesota Rising is a network of emerging leaders in Minnesota. Minnesota Rising works to build relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota, and focuses on developing the collective capacity of this generation for impacting Minnesota's future.

Minnesota Voice
The State Voices network supports creative ways to mobilize and empower people so their voices are heard and their participation assured in the public sphere, particularly those who make up the emerging majority.

Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute
Nexus Community Partners' BCLI is a 7-month leadership program that supports, trains and places people of color and other underrepresented community members on city and county publicly appointed boards and commissions.

Pollen Midwest
Pollen uses moments of connection and visceral storytelling to inspire and grow ideas.

Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship
The Sabo Center at Augsburg College integrates the rich histories and initiatives in civic engagement and democracy-building in programming with local, regional, national, and international reach.

Students Today Leaders Forever
Students Today Leaders Forever strives to energize generations of student leaders by revealing leaderhip through service, relationships, and action.

Evidence based strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area.  Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS) - A reference for effective child and youth programs. It organizes the programs by outcome, age, and developmental stage.


Jennifer Valorose

How can we promote civic engagement in young adults? Jennifer Valorose, Wilder Research, shares results from a long-term study of a youth leadership program.

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