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.  

June 15, 2018
Code enforcement officer plays key role in Elba
Code enforcement officer plays key role in Elba

Code enforcement officer is one of the most important jobs when it comes to the development of a city. The man who holds that title for Elba is William Worthington.  He is in charge of inspecting buildings and enforcing codes. On Tuesday, June 5, Worthington was kind enough to let me ride along with him and see his day-to-day routine.

By Pearce Miller
June 12, 2018
Camden's greatest asset may be Alabama River
Camden's greatest asset may be Alabama River

Camden hosts two city council meetings on the first and third Monday of every month.   The Council meeting I attended on May 21 was effective in discussing city budgets, grant applications and places in the city that need repairing or updated. But what caught my attention was a small but powerful reminder about one of Camden’s best assets: the Alabama River.

By Laura Agee
June 12, 2018
Study Club Ushers in New Generation of Service
Study Club Ushers in New Generation of Service

Arriving at the Collinsville Study Club meeting on a recent Thursday night, I had no idea what to expect. I had never heard of a study club before, and I was very unsure of what the club did. I was pleasantly surprised to find a group of women who put service to others above themselves. The Study Club was established in 1929 for a charitable purpose. 

By Erin Blythe
June 8, 2018
"Kayla: This is Me Now"
"Kayla: This is Me Now"

Maya Angelou said it best. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Telling her story was the original goal for 18-year-old Kayla Wyckoff, a Camp Hill native. She hoped by recounting her experiences of guardian insecurity, unconditional love, and personal growth through song, others facing similar situations might be helped.

By Daphney Portis
June 8, 2018
Elba City Council takes care of business
Elba City Council takes care of business

During my first week of Living Democracy in Elba, I attended the Elba City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 29. Attending this meeting gave me an understanding of how the Council conducts its meetings and how the city operates as a local government. I saw the passion these elected officials have for their city as they addressed various issues. 

By Pearce Miller