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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: 26th Amendment

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the voting age being lowered to 18, we're seeking proposals from youth (ages 14-24) for blog posts or videos in which they can share ideas on making elections accessible and equitable for new voters.

CIRCLE is Hiring a Senior Researcher

We're looking for a Senior Researcher to help us advance our work of promoting greater and more equitable civic education and engagement for all young people. Please check out the description and share with your networks!

Why America Needs Service

Throughout 2020, our Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg served as a member of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. On March 3, she joined a distinguished panel to discuss her work and "Why America Needs Service, Now More than Ever."

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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.

Analysis: Youth Voter Turnout Rose Substantially in 2020

Inside Higher Ed
Half of Americans ages 18 to 29 cast a ballot in the 2020 general election, an 11-percentage-point increase from 2016, when 39 percent did, according to a new analysis of youth voter turnout from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.

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