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The LA Civics Initiative

Join us for our kickoff workshop featuring a panel of civics experts as we look at the gaps in civic engagement vis-à-vis civic education and how we got here. The panel features educators, elected officials, activists, and academics in a lively conversation about the state of civics in our communities across the Southland.

Attendees will launch from the panel to a workshop designed to engage and develop ways to address the barriers to civics. You are invited to roll-up your sleeves and help launch this initiative that will last for the next year and help define civics for Los Angels. We will work toward a more civically engaged Los Angeles, together.

  • 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Welcome address
  • 9:15 am Panel discussion
  • 10:30 am Workshop followed by reporting out


  • John Bwarie (Moderator) - City Impact Lab
  • Raphael Bostic - USC Price School of Public Policy
  • Ardy Kassakhian, City Clerk for Clendale, CA
  • Nate Kaplan, See Political 
  • Raquel Beltran, Associate Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs

Click here to register.

Earlier Event: March 21
Government 101: How Los Angeles Works
Later Event: April 7
April Social Impact Breakfast