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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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Young People and the Media

Young people's relationship with traditional and social media shapes their civic and political engagement. Through our Rep Us Project and other research and initiatives, we're highlighting how youth consume and create media to participate in democracy.

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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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.

50 years after 26th Amendment, activists still working to engage young SC voters

The Post and Courier
Youth voter participation increased across the country in the 2020 election, according to an analysis by Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. But South Carolina was below the national average, with 45 percent of eligible 18- to 29-year-olds casting a ballot.

50th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment

Now This News
CIRCLE Deputy Director Abby Kiesa shared some reflections on the 50th anniversary of the voting age being lowered to 18—and the ongoing work to make elections equitable and accessible to the youngest eligible voters.

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