Civic Engagement with Law Enforcement:  

Gateway Institute offers civic education programs that is dedicated to promoting a responsible citizen committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy. Gateway Institute – believes that civic and community leadership engagement in minority especially people of color is effectively cultivated through Voter Education. Voter education involves providing information on who is eligible to vote; where and how to register; how electors can check the voter lists to ensure they have been duly included; what type of elections are being held; where, when and how to vote; who the candidates are; and how to file complaints; and the basic civil rights and responsibilities of every eligible citizen. All of the educational resources and materials produced by Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services will be used by Gateway Institute to help share neutral information about how elections work.

 

 

The first Component is Civic Engagement. Participants include fourteen (16) years old and up as well as Immigrant and low-income families. Demographic Area: Great Metropolitan Areas especially Hennepin, Ramsey, and Dakota counties.

Goal: Immigrant and low-income community becomes responsible citizen that committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy.

 

Objectives: (a) Civic awareness and public problem solving, (b) Have knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make difference in civic life of our communities, (c) An increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy, (d) The willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict, (e) Learn promoting quality of life in a community through political and nonpolitical means, (f) Learn organized community service that addresses local needs. 

 

The second Component is Preventing Adolescent Gang Involvement.  Participants include: Fourteen (16) years old and up as well as Immigrant and Low income families. Demographic Area: Great Metropolitan Areas especially Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota and Stearns counties. 

Goal: Making youth lead successful and productive lives, 

Objectives: (a) Increased self esteem, increased popularity, increased sense of personal control, and enhanced identity development; (b) Better development of such life skills as leadership and speaking in public, decision-making, and increased dependability and job responsibility; (c) Greater communications in the family; (d) Fewer psychosocial problems, such as loneliness, shyness, and hopelessness; (e) Decreased involvement in risky behaviors such as drug use, and decreased juvenile delinquency; (f) Increased academic achievement; and (g) Increased safety (youth feel safe at home, in school, and in their neighborhood).

 

Questions Related to Civic Education

  • What are civic life, politics, and government?
  • What are the foundations of the Somali political system?
  • How does the government established by the Constitution embody the purposes, values, and principles of Somalia  democracy?
  • What is the relationship of the Somalia to other nations and to world affairs?
  • What are the roles of citizens in Somali democracy?

 

 

  • Who has the full rights and obligations of a citizen?
  • What responsibilities does a citizen of each kind of community have? 
  • What is the relationship between a good regime and good citizenship? 
  • Who may decide what constitutes good citizenship? 
  • What means of civic education are ethically appropriate? 

 

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