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.  

September 21, 2017
Apply Now to Participate in 2018 Summer
Apply Now to Participate in 2018 Summer

The Living Democracy program provides a unique living-learning experience for selected Auburn University students in the summer of 2018. Students are paired with a participating Alabama community for a ten-week experience in civic engagement and community development.

By Rachel Naftel
August 4, 2017
Collinsville teaches lessons about community
Collinsville teaches lessons about community

When I got accepted to be a Living Democracy Fellow, I was excited and nervous to start my summer journey. Although I am from the same area in Northeast Alabama, I was quite unfamiliar with Collinsville. I knew the interstate to Tennessee ran through there. I also had heard a lot about Trade Day, the giant flea market held there every Saturday. But I soon learned there is so much more than that in Collinsville

By Whitney Sutton
August 1, 2017
New Free Little Libraries in Collinsville
New Free Little Libraries in Collinsville

Free Little Libraries arrived in Collinsville this summer. This is a community book exchange program that provides a place for people to take a book someone else has left or leave a book for the next person. Once I started researching how to go about building a structure like that, I realized I was in over my head. I asked Mark Shatzel, another Library board member, to assist me in the construction process, and he agreed to help.

By Whitney Sutton
July 31, 2017
Thomaston became student's family over summer
Thomaston became student's family over summer

The town of Thomaston’s slogan on the sign at the city hall reads: “Where a small town is like a family.” During my time here, I have found this to be true. When I first visited Thomaston last spring, I was surprised by how welcomed I was. I learned quickly that the people of Thomaston have a deep love for Thomaston and love to talk about their home.

By Magnolia Wilson
July 31, 2017
Thank you, Elba!
Thank you, Elba!

The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” describes my summer in Elba as a Living Democracy student perfectly.  It seems like just yesterday I was moving into the Chapman home and attending my first event here, sixth grade graduation. Since then, I have met people and experienced things that I never could have imagined.

By Emily Vick