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NCoC and the Corporation for National and Community Service Produce First Civic Health Assessment

September 16, 2010
“The most powerful force in American democracy is the connection between and among citizens,” said David B. Smith, NCoC’s Executive Director.

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), founded in 1946 and chartered by Congress in 1953, is charged with the mission of advancing our nation's civic life. In accordance with this mission, NCoC has produced America's Civic Health Index for the last four years to measure the level of civic engagement and health of our nation's democracy. As a result of the passage of the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, this work is expanding through an annual Civic Health Assessment. The Civic Health Assessment measures America's civic habits across a wide range of indicators in an effort to strengthen citizen participation in their communities, states, and nation.

Here, NCoC presents its executive summary of the leading findings from the 2010 Civic Health Assessment, based on research conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2008 and 2009. This document supplements an issue brief jointly released with the Corporation for National and Community Service. The joint brief is titled ''Civic Life in America: Key Findings on the Civic Health of the Nation.''

Key Findings include:

  • In tough times, Americans are solving problems in their own communities.
  • The Internet is helping to advance civic participation in America.
  • Creating community impact doesn't happen in a vacuum–it's part of a reinforcing cycle. People who are involved in one area of community activity are more likely to be involved in others.
  • Demographics indicate that veterans are generally more involved in their communities and more likely to engage in most types of political behavior than non-veterans.

The NCoC Executive Summary, as well as the jointly-produced Issue Brief are available for download at For more on the data, and rankings of 50 states and 51 largest communities, visit

In order to localize this data, NCoC is working in partnership with 13 states and 4 cities to produce localized Civic Health Index reports. These publications will be released throughout the fall 2010.

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By Faith at 11:52 AM on Nov 10th, 2015
- A nicely wirtten article indeed. K and Mav are great, and your willingness to take a stand on BSL is appreciated.I do however, have to agree with Sorcha on the fact that pitbull is not a breed. Pitbull is a term that is used to loosely describe dogs of similar, vague physical characteristics. The breeds most commonly lumped into the pitbull group include: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. They are three different breeds all together. The pitbull classification can also often include: American Bullies, Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, Dogo Argentinos, Cane Corsos, Presa Canarios, Boxers; as well as, other mastiff and bulldog breeds and their mixes.The dogs that you have pictured in you article are gorgeous dogs and definitely fall into the pitbull category. However, they are not actual American Pit Bull Terriers. They are American Staffordshire Terriers and American Bullies, both of which were created using the American Pit Bull Terrier. American Pit Bull Terriers are breed for athletism, power, speed, stamina, drive, functional conformation, intelligence, loyalty, and to be the true all around working package. The American Staffordshire Terrier is breed for looks, conformation, and color. The American Bully is breed mostly as a pet, for those looking for an extra large hunk of pitbull love.If you are interested, you can view the actual American Pit Bull Terrier on the American Dog Breeder Association's website ( The standard differs considerably from the UKC standard for the American Bully styled APBT ( and the AKC AST.August 25, 2010 11:03 pm
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