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Two Decades Of:

  • Supporting hundreds of youth-driven and youth-serving organizations to help build sustainable and resilient efforts
  • Conducting research collaborations with practitioners to highlight systemic inequities and illuminating promising practices
  • Responding to thousands of press inquiries to uplift accurate and empowering narratives about young people

This Year, Watch For:

  • A major new report on Growing Voters
  • An Anniversary Impact Report
  • Opportunities to connect with CIRCLE and share how you've leveraged our research

CIRCLE: Then, Now, and Tomorrow

In 2001, motivated by a desire to better understand and to strengthen young people’s civic participation, the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement was founded at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs. Over the years, our work has changed: we’ve gone from funding research to undertaking it, we’ve broadened our focus to include myriad aspects of young people’s civic life, and we’re now based at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. But our guiding purpose remains the same: to ensure that all young people have the ability and the opportunity to engage in democracy.

In 2021, we’re excited to celebrate CIRCLE’s 20th anniversary. Throughout the year, we’ll be looking back: sharing some of our history, celebrating our accomplishments, and reflecting on how the last two decades have shaped our organization and the field of youth civic engagement. We’ll also look forward: planning to deepen our impact, listening to friends and partners about how we can best work together, and recommitting ourselves to CIRCLE’s core mission of promoting more equitable civic education and engagement.

Join us in this yearlong celebration! Stay tuned for updates and announcements on new research, special events, and opportunities to connect with CIRCLE—make sure you’re following us on Twitter at @civicyouth for the latest.

Our Impact

While it’s impossible to distill 20 years of work into a list of achievements, explore this at-a-glance look at CIRCLE accomplishments in some of the main areas of our work.

CIRCLE in Action

What are we up to during our 20th anniversary year? We’re celebrating the past, but carrying on with the work that the present moment demands. Find the latest research, events, and more.

Support CIRCLE

Our work these past two decades has been made possible by the generosity of individual and institutional philanthropists. Help us strengthen our efforts for the next 20 years and beyond.