In 2008, young Americans
were poised to make their mark in politics. Voter registration
among young citizens grew faster than with any other group. The Internet
and social networking offered new and innovative ways for young people
to make their voices heard and candidates were paying attention to young
voters in unprecedented ways.
The WHRO Center for Regional Citizenship launched a campaign to encourage more informed and active political participation. Leading up to the November 2008 Election, the Be There, Be Counted website offered up-to-date election information and interactive tools.
The website continues to offer information and resources to encourage and empower citizens to play a more active and meaningful role in the political process.
The Center for Regional Citizenship was created in 2005 as an outgrowth of WHRO’s commitment to civic responsibility and citizenship. The Center serves as an incubator for engaging the region in addressing important local issues.
Its mission is to provide the information and tools needed for broad regional perspective and effective civic engagement, to serve as a neutral convener for facilitating public participation and cultivating community partnerships, and to build bridges of trust for collaborative action initiatives.
An informed and engaged citizenry is the foundation of a healthy democracy, and the Center for Regional Citizenship is committed to encouraging more active political and civic participation.