Civic education and civil discourse are at the very core of the League’s work. An active and informed citizenry is the foundation of a well-functioning democracy, and the League devotes much of its activity to ensuring that citizens have access to the information, skills, and resources to play an active role in their government.
The League is well recognized for its ability to make complex and controversial issues accessible to the non-expert citizen in a balanced manner; for its ability to gather citizens with diverse views; and for its expertise as a trainer of community leaders and activists. While the League is proud to be nonpartisan–neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties at any level of government–League members have always worked to educate the public about issues of vital concern.
The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Citizen Education Fund currently provides programs, publications and forums on major public policy issues and disseminates information and training that help citizens of Massachusetts to thoughtfully engaged in the democratic process. More information about the fund and its programs is available on the Citizen Education Fund page.
LWVMA also works to ensure that the youngest residents of the Commonwealth are informed about our nation’s history, our electoral system, and issues of public importance. We advocate for more civic education in schools, identify books on U.S. history and voting appropriate for children and teens, and sponsor an annual video contest designed to encourage high school students to engage in civic life.