Learn about community issues and how you can get involved

Civic Boot Camps offer participants in-depth perspectives from local leaders on critical local issues and inspiration to take action in their communities. Civic Boot Camps address the historical and current context of local and regional issues such as racial justice, homelessness, climate change, economic equity, healthcare, immigration and civil rights. (In 2020, Civic Boot Camps moved online due to Covid-19 precautions).

“This is a critical time in our history,
and we can’t be passengers in our own democracy.”

Past Virtual Civic Boot Camps

Below find previous Civic Boot Camps with webinar and interview recordings with community leaders
and workbooks with bios for each speaker, reading lists, and volunteer resources.

March, 2021

Housing instability issues continue to impact people in our region, with the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn. Dive into questions on affordable housing, homelessness, and legislative priorities and discuss success stories with local experts, elected leaders, and community leaders. Discover the Resource Page for this event.

May, 2020

Addresses how the COVID19 pandemic impacts climate change and climate justice efforts in the Pacific Northwest. Interviews and webinars with climate scientists, activists and organizations addressing climate change.

November, 2020

Highlights the perspectives of elected officials from marginalized communities and community leaders who advocate for marginalized communities as they reflect on advocacy work at the local government level to advance policies central to their communities.

April, 2020

Explores the impact of the early stages of the pandemic on local (King County) healthcare for marginalized communities. Interviews and webinars with local public health professionals.

October, 2020

Discusses the past and present systemic racism issues in the Seattle area and how we can more towards racial equity. Interviews and panel discussions with activists and community leaders addressing systemic racial issues.

Civic Boot Camps are held regularly for the public,
and can also be scheduled privately for your organization

Civic Boot Camp Testimonials

Civic Boot Camp for Students

Civic Boot Camp for Partner Organizations

If you are a company that requires engagement as a lynchpin in your purpose as an organization, have your employees come and learn about the community and broaden their network.
– Tyler Quillin, Civic Boot Camp: Immigration and Livable Neighborhoods Alum
Attending Civic Boot Camp was a great opportunity for me to make connections in our community. By meeting staff from Immanuel Lutheran Church, I was later able to partner with them for a volunteer project related to their homeless program.
– Nadia Gandara, Volunteer Initiatives Manager at United Way of King County
In the age of issues, sometimes it is really important to take a step back and understand the basics, and really try to personalize what the issues are, with Civic Boot Camp.
– Sean Greenlee, Civic Boot Camp: Immigration Alum
Civic Boot Camp always brings together a unique blend of people from across the city both in terms of presenters and participants.
– Bryce Campbell, Civic Boot Camp: Immigration & Waterfront Alum