LA Civics Initiative

The Los Angeles Civics Initiative is a unique program working to discuss, understand, and fix barriers to civic participation, civic literacy, and civic engagement in Greater Los Angeles. We do this through a series of workshops and surveys throughout the region engaging civic, business, nonprofit, and individual stakeholders.

The Los Angeles Civics Initiative is a joint program of City Impact Lab and the USC Bedrosian Center.

Why are we collaborating on this project?

  • To foster civic engagement and a civic dialogue in LA County
  • To find ways to engage those affected by civic barriers with those able to address these issues
  • To model and cultivate collaborative governance and problem solving
  • To create a more civically engaged and literate LA


An ever-growing list of resources related to community life and governance on the local, state, and federal levels.


City Impact Lab and the USC Bedrosian Center are proud to have partnered with the other institutions to bring you the Los Angeles Civics Initiative.

City Impact Lab and the USC Bedrosian Center are proud to have partnered with the following institutions to bring you the Los Angeles Civics Initiative:

LA Civics Initiative

The LA Civics Initiative generic title slideWednesday, June 8 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Even in an era when people are more connected than ever, with more outlets to discuss issues, a distressingly small number of people are participating in efforts to address or change the problems they perceive in their community. In response to this “crisis of civics,” the Bedrosian Center has joined with City Impact Lab to create the LA Civics Initiative, a year-long series aiming to work toward a more civically engaged Los Angeles.

The inaugural workshop at USC featured a panel of civics experts to spark a discussion that was then turned over to attendees – including elected officials, students, faculty, alumni and community members – for a brainstorming session on barriers to civic engagement with possible solutions.

On June 8, The LA Civics Initiative went to Cal State LA!

The workshop was designed to engage and develop ways to address the barriers to civics. You are invited to roll-up your sleeves and help us move toward a more civically engaged Los Angeles. The workshop is designed to foster collaboration and identify solutions for the biggest barriers in Los Angeles civic life.