"Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness."
- Doctrine and Covenants 58:27
The mission of the Office of Civic Engagement is to provide students and faculty with the appropriate skills and meaningful opportunities to become engaged in their respective communities. We seek to promote civic service and to encourage everyone to find ways to solve the problems around them.
BYU has a unique capability to help students incorportate public service into their lives. BYU's motto is "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve." The university educates tens of thousands of students who then go out into the world. These alumni, if motivated and adequately trained, can be effective forces in providing leadership in helping better their individual communities, states, and nations.
We seek to add value to an undergraduate's educational experiences by adding specific training in leadership and organizational skills as well as practical hands-on opportunities. We want students to be exposed to practitioners through both classroom presentations as well as through their own off-campus experiences in civic engagement. We desire them to acquire an understanding of the practical application of civic engagement through models they hear and observe, as well as glean valuable lessons from their own hands-on activities in participating and leading civic engagement projects.