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The Public Policymaking Process and How it Relates to Our Lives

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The Public Policymaking Process and How it Relates to Our Lives

Civic Training

Pre-work

    View: Go to http://serve.gov/remarks.asp and listen to President Obama’s call to service

    for this year.

Assignment:

    1. Did you know that you are part of a huge national movement of service? How

    does it feel to you to be a part of such a large service movement that extends

    beyond the other thousands of AmeriCorps members?

    2. The President’s service initiative began earlier this summer and will go through

    September 11, 2009 (at which time we at UW will have a service day). Do you

    agree with setting a length of time for service? Why or Why not?

    3. What are you excited most about being an AmeriCorps member?

    4. What is your biggest goal for your AmeriCorps service term? How do you plan to

    make it happen?

    5. (Campus Corps Members only: What strides have you made with your

    volunteer recruitment plan?)

MONTH1

    Citizen Reflection 1:

    Read: The Public Policymaking Process and How it Relates to Our Lives

     Does Citizenship Matter? pg. 18

     through

    Putting it Together pg. 23

Assignment:

    1. What does citizenship mean to you? Is this the same definition as Gerston has

    developed in his book? How is it similar or different from yours?

    2. Why does citizenship matter, or not matter to you?

    3. How does citizenship play a role in your AmeriCorps experience?

    4. (Campus Corps Members only: What strides have you made with your volunteer

    recruitment plan?)

    Reflection: Write a few lines about what this quote means to you and how it may or may not assist you in your future endeavors.

    “Effective democracy depends upon people who are committed to doing what's best for the neighborhood as a whole. Citizen service is more important than self-service.”

    -Jim Geringer, former Governor of Wyoming

MONTH 2

    Citizen Reflection 2:

    Read: The Public Policymaking Process and How it Relates to Our Lives pg. 3

     - through -

     Public/Private Issues in Perspective pg. 7

     Where Public Policies Are Made- Vertical Relationships pg. 14

     -through-

     Public Policymaking at the Local Level, ending on pg. 18

Assignment:

    1. Name a public policy that affects you in your current role as AmeriCorps member.

    Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with this policy?

    2. What types of private issues affect the policy you described above? How are they

    addressed?

    3. Have you ever been involved in public policy making at either local, state or

    national levels? Why or why not?

    4. (Campus Corps Members only: What strides have you made with your volunteer

    recruitment plan?)

    Reflection: Write a few lines about what this quote means to you and how it may or may not assist you in your future endeavors.

    “I'm tired of high policy talks. I want to focus on nuts and bolts.“ -Dave Freudenthal

MONTH 3

    Citizen Reflection 3:

    Read: Identifying Public Policy Issues pg.31-42 (stop at Doing Research)

    AND Considering What to Do pg. 49 through-

    The Consequences of Inaction pg. 53

Assignment:

    1. Now that you have been immersed in your community as an AmeriCorps

    member, have you found anything that you would consider an “issue” in your

    community or even in your AmeriCorps member role? How and why is it an

    issue, in your opinion?

    2. What might you consider doing about this issue? Or what have you already

    done about the issue? If you don’t do anything, what do you think the

    consequences will be?

    3. What other stakeholders may be interested in assisting you in tackling your

    issue?

    4. (Campus Corps Members only: What strides have you made with your

    volunteer recruitment plan?)

    5. Reflect on this statement from your book: “It is a lot more difficult to make a

    public policy work than it is to create the policy in the first place!” Do you

    agree or disagree? Why?

MONTH 4

    Citizen Reflection 4:

    Read: Participation, Politics, and Policymaking: Putting It Together

     Some of What You May Have Learned pg. 159

     through

     And Some Last Questions pg.164

    Assignment: Write one Great Story. This should be a story about your AmeriCorps service. Think about the past few months that you have been an AmeriCorps member, and share a story about how what you did during your brief stint. Include the details about how your perspective may have changed, how you grew as an individual, how you feel more connected to your community, or share a specific story detailing how your service made a difference in someone else’s life.

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