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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

Youth Expertise: the 26th Amendment

On the 50th anniversary or the voting age being lowered to 18, young people are sharing their insights and experiences about how to ensure the newest eligible voters are prepared to cast their ballot.

Endowment and Advisory Board

CIRCLE's leadership is stronger than ever. With a $1.5 million gift, the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation has endowed the directorship of CIRCLE, and we have launched an advisory board of diverse leaders whose insights and expertise will inform our work.

CIRCLE Welcomes New Tisch College Dean

We're excited to begin working with Dayna Cunningham, who has begun her term as Dean of CIRCLE's home: the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. We look forward to learning with and from this experienced civic leader!

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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.

Young Americans of all stripes are pessimistic about U.S. politics

The Fulcrum
Pennsylvania tops the Youth Electoral Significance Index, given its above average youth voter registration and turnout rates. According to CIRCLE, President Biden garnered 127,000 more votes among the youth than Donald Trump in a race decided by fewer than 35,000 ballots.

Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Could Alienate Young Republican Voters

Teen Vogue
“As some of these state laws may get more nuanced or may get more confusing language added to them, that makes it harder on ... young people to understand what they can do and how they can access having a voice on issues they care about and that affect them,” CIRCLE Deputy Director Abby Kiesa explains.

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