Why is civic engagement important? For starters, what we learn when we are young helps us later in life. Viewing the world from a perspective outside of ourselves is a growth experience that provides us with the feeling that we are part of our community and the world. Becoming involved, especially when we are young, helps us to develop skills to remain involved in our communities and the greater world, our environment, and to form meaningful connections with individuals. Civic engagement allows us to see that we can make a difference in by becoming involved in the life of one or on a larger scale. Lonnie Sherrod, PhD explains civic engagement. He is the Executive Director of the Society for Research in Child Development, Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Developmental Psychology at Fordham University, and author of the book Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth. You can learn more about his work and civic engagement at www.srcd.org.