Home page of the Living Democracy program

Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

August 30, 2018
Apply Now to Participate in 2019 Summer
Apply Now to Participate in 2019 Summer

Applications to participate in Living Democracy for the 2019 summer are now being accepted.  Auburn students will be paired with one of our Alabama communities for a ten-week experience in civic engagement and community development. Housing is provided and students will earn a stipend. Applications are due October 3. Apply online now!

August 6, 2018
Portis plans to carry Camp Hill lessons forward
Portis plans to carry Camp Hill lessons forward

When I first learned about the Living Democracy experience, I couldn’t think of a better way for me to spend the summer before I began graduate school this fall. Living Democracy put students in communities across Alabama to work with people and organizations. I am interested in pursuing a career that involves civic engagement and community development, and this was the perfect opportunity.

By Daphney Portis
August 6, 2018
Thanks for summer of learning in Elba
Thanks for summer of learning in Elba

It is hard to put into words what my time here in Elba this summer means to me. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and memories that will never be forgotten. I’m so lucky to have gotten the opportunity to call this city my home for the past ten weeks, and I will miss it dearly.

By Pearce Miller
August 1, 2018
Collinsville Teaches the Importance of Community
Collinsville Teaches the Importance of Community

When I was first informed that my summer as part of Living Democracy would be in Collinsville, Alabama, I was excited and nervous. My time in Collinsville this summer has been one of new experiences, learning hard lessons, and growing as a member of civic society. I have learned what it means to contribute as a member of a community.

By Erin Blythe
July 31, 2018
Mount Sinai Church offers youth program
Mount Sinai Church offers youth program

This week I lived democracy by attending the Mount Sinai Church Youth Day program. Mount Sinai is the home church of many Camp Hill families I’ve met and grown to love over the course of my summer. I was happy to attend when a family extended an invitation for me to join their Sunday service.

By Daphney Portis