Learning Life Finalist for National “Civvys” Award

This week, the Bridge Alliance announced the finalists for the fifth annual American Civic Collaboration Awards, or “Civvys,” as they have come to be known. 

The Civvys are the only national awards program dedicated to celebrating projects that emphasize working together across divides to strengthen communities and empower citizens. By leveraging collaboration as a core strength, these initiatives put community and nation before party, ideology, and narrow interests, embodying a civic spirit that inspires other Americans to take action. This year, in addition to collaboration, impact and scalability, award criteria included an emphasis on building a more diverse and equitable America.

From a record number of nominees, the Civvys Awards Committee announced 16 finalists, across three categories: National, Local and Youth: 

National Category

  • Latinx House
  • SensibleSchool, Inc.
  • VoteAmerica
  • AllVoteNoPlay.org Civic Playbook
  • American Democracy Project


  • Uniting for Action on the Maryland Economy
  • GenUnity
  • Voters First Virginia
  • Learning Life
  • Environmental Justice Coalition
  • NC Leadership Forum at Duke University


  • Certell Inc
  • Kids Voting Durham
  • Green Our Planet’s Farmpreneur Program
  • American Public Square at Jewell: Civics Education Initiative
  • Kentucky YMCA Youth Association

Learning Life was recognized for its work in building the metro Washington DC Democracy Learning Community (DMV DLC), starting with its regular Democracy Dinners in June 2019.  Learning Life has used the Dinners to build a network of over 4,000 democracy sector professionals in the Washington DC metro area whom we invite to the Dinners.  Close to 200 people have participated in the Dinners since June 2019, some repeatedly.  In 2022, Learning Life is drawing on that growing Dinners network plus further outreach and research to plan for the next steps in the development of the DLC.  A vision and action plan is scheduled for release in January 2023.  For ways to connect and get involved in the development of the DLC, click the DMV DLC link above.   

For more information about the Civvys Award, contact Sachi Bajaj at sachi@bridgealliance.us.