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GenerationNation, which focuses on helping students become informed and engaged leaders, won the top prize in the youth category for its work in North Carolina.

5 groups honored with civic collaboration prizes

Nonprofits crowdsourcing civic engagement, introducing students to local politics and hosting coffeeshop listening sessions were among the five winners on Wednesday of the third annual American Civic Collaboration Awards, known as the Civvys.

The awards, established by the Bridge Alliance and Big Tent Nation two years ago, honor civic collaboration efforts that strengthen communities and empower citizens while bridging ideological divisions, partisan politics, narrow parochial interests and other gridlock-producing barriers.

This year's winners represent an eclectic brew of civic-minded groups chosen from a crowded field of deserving candidates, according to award organizers.

"The 2019 award cycle saw the highest number of nominees, making for a competitive selection process — and demonstrating the growing breadth and depth of civic efforts happening across the nation," according to organizers. "Every day, organizations and industries are coming to realize that it is collaboration, not competition, that will allow us to move America forward, combine our strengths to do more and do better, and overcome partisanship and gridlock."

  • Ioby, the country's only civic crowdfunding platform, earned the national prize for its work in bringing neighbors together to plan and fund projects in their communities.
  • The local winner was RISE Colorado, an Aurora-based nonprofit that educates, engages and empowers parents from low-income families, families of color, and refugee and immigrant communities to better support their children's academic success.
  • GenerationNation earned the top honor in the youth category for its work in introducing students in North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district to local civic engagement.
  • KingMakers of Oakland, an initiative to address chronic school absenteeism within the black community of Oakland, and Make Shift Coffee House, a project in Maine that facilitates civil conversations in a coffee-house setting, each won a committee choice award.

2019 Civvys' winners

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Make Shift Coffee House's Craig Freshley accepts one of two committee choice awards.

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