A 2016 survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center found that only 26 percent of Americans can name all three branches of government.
A local organization is trying to give people a better understanding of the government and how its’ policies impact the community.
The West Virginia Community Development Hub provides tools for understanding policies and how they impact people in Beckley.
Research places public trust in government is at only 18 percent and voter participation has reached its lowest point since 1996.
The West Virginia Community Development Hub hosted, Now What: People, Power and Policy, on the WVU Tech Campus. The event touched on topics such as, PEIA, SNAP Benefits and Safety Net, and Medicaid and Healthcare.
Coordinator, Taylor Bennett, said their goal was to bring members of the community together to learn about policy issues that are impacting their community.
“The goal here was to kind of meet a need that folks in communities around West Virginia had to know and understand what policies were passed, how does it impact our community, what can we do about getting new policies passed that we want to see,” Bennett said.
Bennett said one of the keys to building a stronger community is being engaged in government.
“The more you can be civically engaged then the stronger you can help your community to be,” Bennett said.
She also said she hopes that people walked away from the event with a plan to create positive change in their communities.
Bennett wants to empower people to use their voice and engage in their community.