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In Focus

"See more clearly when you are informed"

Citizenship refers not just to the legal status of an individual’s relation to the city, state, or country but also to the idea of being a part of something greater than yourself. There are many aspects of citizenship that are often taken for granted. Below you will find key terms, statistics, and other useful tools to understand and talk about Citizenship. If you would like to know more, consider coming to an IYC event. Our next one can be found below in the section labeled Our Events. We host them virtually, on a wide range of topics, discussing policy, civics, and current events. 

Key Terms You Should Know


A member of a political community. Ways people become U.S. citizens include naturalization, through marriage & the military, derivative citizenship, and being born within the United States and its territories.

Global Citizenship:

The idea that one's identity transcends geography or political borders and that responsibilities or rights are derived from membership in a broader class: "humanity,” Global citizenship nurtures personal respect and respect for others, wherever they live.

Participatory Citizenship:

A citizen that learns how the government works, takes part in community-based initiatives, and is active in addressing important and relevant local, state, or national issues.

Checks & Balances:

Each branch of government (legislative, executive, judicial) provides a check on the other branches so that no single branch has more power.


Right to vote. 15th Amendment granted suffrage to African American men. 19th Amendment granted suffrage to women. 26th Amendment lowered the voting age to 18.


Moments In History

1791 - Ratification of the Bill of Rights or the first ten amendments to the constitution

1965 - Johnson signs the Voting rights act which addressed legal barriers to African Americans voting at the state level

20?? - John R. Lewis Voting Rights Bill, a proposed bill, that would strenthen voter protections from the 60's

1917- Wilson signs Jones-Shaforth act which added Puerto Rico as a territory and Puerto Ricans as Statutory Citizens

2020 - Most recent census 


423 National Parks are registered by the US National Park Service.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 63 million Americans (25% of the adult population) are volunteers.

According to the United States Census Bureau, 8.6% of Americans are without healthcare.

Voter turnout in the 2020 Presidential Election was over 60% according to

Negative Effective Corporate Tax Rate %

-2.2% AIG 

-3.1% Dow Inc.

-4.1% AT&T

Source: Based on corporate tax documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission

Notable Names

Madeline Albright
Eleanor Roosevelt

Madeline Albright

Eleanor Roosevelt

Dred Scott
Harriet Scott

Dred & Harriet Scott

Komako Kimura

Civil Servants

Komako Kimura


No National Language


Civil rights protestors marching and holding signs

Being Law Abiding

Pride In Country

Four C’s: Civic Engagement, Civics, Civil Rights, Civility



Our Events



Further Resources

Citizenship Infographic 

Share what you have learned about Citizenship. Our Infographic has been designed to be shared easily by printing, emailing, or posting on social media. Click on the image to view or download the PDF File. (Not for commercial use.) 

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Celebrate & Create Event Video

Our crafting for kids event was so much fun! You can use your own materials to follow along at home and complete your own project. Watch the video to learn how to make your own ‘mosaic’ foam picture frame! You can also make an event out of it by hosting your own Celebrate & Create: Citizenship crafting party. Feel free to share this video with others! (Not for commercial use.)

Take Action

Casting a ballot to vote

Register to vote, become a poll worker, run for office, and definitely vote.

Hands in soil planting

Be a good caretaker of the U.S by volunteering in your community, thanking a civil servant, or enjoying your community with family & friends.

Friendly Hands Together United

Commit to one citizenship-friendly action each week.

Protestor holding up a sign

Get informed about your rights as a citizen, local, state, & federal candidates, and U.S. history.

Friends hanging out

Share our Citizenship Infographic with friends, family, and anyone and everyone you think would appreciate becoming more informed!

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