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We're focused on the connections between research and practice: on making sure that our work helps to clarify practical questions for educators, communities, and policymakers and has an impact on more equitable youth opportunity and engagement. We strive to ensure that our research is timely and relevant to a broad range of audiences, and we work with local and national partners on numerous campaigns and initiatives to strengthen various aspects of youth civic education and engagement. We believe collaboration is necessary for substantive change to occur and that research informed by the experiences and knowledge of youth and practitioners is most practical.

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Updates and Announcements

Teaching for Democracy

Students should learn about voting and the political process year-round, but election years are invaluable opportunities to incorporate important lessons into young people's civic learning. We're helping educators do just that through our work with the Teaching for Democracy Alliance.

New Data Tool!

We just launched a large, comprehensive online data tool with more than 40 measures of youth engagement and community conditions at the national, state, district, and county levels. Check it out, and sign up for a free webinar to learn more about how to use it to strengthen your work.

#sschat on the 2020 Primaries

In February we co-hosted an #sschat focused on how educators can leverage the 2020 election to teach about voting. We were inspired by the great  answers, resources, and excitement from teachers and others committed to teaching for democracy!

Latest Research

What are we working on? Check out the most recent CIRCLE data and analysis on youth participation in civic life.

In the Media

There should be a vibrant, data-informed public conversation about youth civic education and engagement: what's working, what's not, and why it's important. Our research, which appears frequently in major media outlets, helps to drive that conversation.


The earlier young people are engaged in conversations about their community and conversations about issues that they care about, the more likely they are to participate and the more likely they are to participate into the rest of their life. So, it really does make sense that having a young person involved earlier in the election cycle means they might be more engaged later in the election cycle.

—Abby Kiesa, CIRCLE Director of Impact, in Young people gear up for the 2020 election, whether they can vote or not

Why Younger Voters Matter

Our Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg shares CIRCLE data and insights on youth voting historically and in the 2020 primaries.

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