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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

Building Democracy through Civics

On January 22 we joined the Boston Foundation for a special webinar focused on strengthening K-12 civics. We shared data from our study of civic education in Massachusetts and recommendations focused on equitable implementation that reaches all students.

Civic Spring Partnership

CIRCLE is honored to partner with the WW Foundation on its Civic Spring project, which is supporting young leaders in diverse communities across the country as they respond to the pandemic. We look forward to learning from these exceptional youth and sharing critical insights.

2020 Youth Vote Webinar

Las December, our Deputy Director Abby Kiesa was a featured panelist in a special post-election webinar co-hosted by Generation Progress and the Center for American Progress titled "The 2020 Youth Vote: What the Shifting Makeup of the Country Means for Future Elections."

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.

A more millennial Washington takes shape

The Washington Post
This was the second election with millennials projected to break turnout records, and the generation that is approximately ages 25 to 40 today is well positioned to have a significant impact on policymaking in the near future and for years to come, said Abby Kiesa, deputy director at CIRCLE.

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