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What's Next Alexandria
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Opportunities to Get Involved in Alexandria

Looking for more ways to get involved in your community? Consider these groups:

  • Children, Youth and Families Collaborative Commission
    The CYFCC advocates for children and youth, aged prenatal to 21 years, and their families by advising on policies, promoting the city-wide coordination of services and promoting research and best practices.
  • Youth Master Plan Presentation
    The Youth Master Plan, an initiative of CYFCC, is a process that will document the needs of the city's youth, prioritize objectives, and devise action strategies.
  • Alexandria Mentoring Partnership
    The Alexandria Mentoring Partnership is a group of coordinated mentoring organizations that work together and share resources for mutual benefit and support in order to increase and enhance the quality of mentoring in Alexandria.
  • Alexandria City Academy
    The Academy is designed to develop civic leadership and build a stronger city through well-informed and engaged residents and business owners. This program will also prepare individuals for public service on a board, commission, or task force or other involvement in the City's governance.
  • Volunteer Alexandria
    The mission of Volunteer Alexandria is to build a better community by inspiring and mobilizing people to volunteer. Volunteer Alexandria believes an active volunteer community creates an environment in which all people thrive. Volunteer Alexandria is at its best when engaged in collaborative efforts which bring together individuals, neighborhoods, schools, businesses, government, nonprofit, faith-based and other community organizations to achieve a common vision of a better Alexandria.
  • Alive!
    ALIVE! (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of volunteers from over 40 religious congregations and the community working together to help those in need in Alexandria, Virginia. Founded in 1969, ALIVE! is the largest private safety net for the needy in the city of Alexandria, addressing short-term to long-term needs for those less fortunate in the community.
  • Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP): Keep it 360 Campaign
    ACAP works collaboratively for and with youth to achieve lifetime success through active involvement and personal commitment.  The Keep It 360 campaign: Imagine a circle of teens, parents and the community. Then imagine a forum for fostering real, open and honest conversations about sex and teen pregnancy. Keep It 360 is the new norm and it starts with teens, parents, and our community talking openly and honestly about sex and teen pregnancy prevention.
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) : Take 25 Campaign
    Designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding missing and exploited children, the Take 25 Campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators, and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety. With a focus on prevention, Take 25 provides free safety resources including safety tips, conversation starters, and event planning guides to help communities host local events.

Looking for more ways to get involved in Alexandria's planning process? Consider these options:


Resources & Background Information on Civic Engagement

Staff has collected and reviewed information on what other communities around the country are doing to improve their public participation experience. Let us know if you have a resource to share. We'll add it to the list. In addition, you'll find media links regarding What's Next Alexandria.

National organizations  

Jurisdictions with notable civic engagement programs or reports:  

Examples of online engagement platforms 

  • Action Alexandria – brings together neighbors and local nonprofit organizations to exchange ideas, coordinate efforts, and solve problems in our community.
  • Civic Commons – collaborative catalog of civic apps to help cities engage
  • Code for America - working to change the way cities work through technology and public service
  • Crowdsourcing - obtains ideas by soliciting contributions from a large group of undefined people from the online community
  • IdeaScale – online civic engagement platform  
  • Mindmixer – online civic engagement platform
  • Neighborland – online civic engagement platform
  • OpenPlans – non-profit focused on open government and transportation
  • Open Town Hall – online civic engagement platform
  • The Project for Public Spaces -- Digital Placemaking
  • UserVoice – online civic engagement platform

Articles about civic engagement 

Media links about the What's Next Alexandria initiative 

Other links of interest 

301 King Street, Room 3500
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4300
FAX: 703.838.6343
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