The Manifesto Project, which aims to get young, bright people involved and active in local government, won a Silver Award in the 2013 Civic Data Challenge.

Marana participated in the project in August.

The Manifesto Project is the brainchild of the think tank Center for the Future of Arizona, and spawned from the organization's 2012 report, "The Arizona We Want 2.0." More than 50 cities and towns in the state staged events.

The project was recognized for its success in collecting civic health data from young state residents, as well as placing young people in leadership positions to enact change.

"The Civic Data Challenge helps strengthen our communities by creating opportunities for new talent and audiences to share their ideas," said Benjamin de la Pena, Knight Foundation director of community and national strategy. "We congratulate the participants on developing new tools and approaches to deepen citizen engagement in their communities."

For more information on the project, visit themanifestoproject.org online.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com or 573-4130.