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Teens and Young Adults are Taking on Roles as Activists

VPM News
Twenty seven percent, compared with 5% in 2016, of young adults indicated that they had participated in street protests, and more than half responded that they had actively worked to encourage their peers to vote. Eighty three percent said that they believe young people have the power to change the country.

One Last Push: Climate Activists to Rally at White House and Across U.S.

The New York Times
Young voters overwhelmingly cited climate change as one of their three top issues, said CIRCLE Deputy Director Abby Kiesa. And those who prioritized it exhibited what she called a “high civic readiness” — a likelihood to be involved in local and national organizations.

An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats

The New York Times
In Massachusetts, the turnout among registered voters between 18 to 24 had shot up to 20.9 percent in the 2020 primary from 6.7 percent in 2018, and 2.1 percent in 2016, according to Tufts’ Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Young people found more ways to engage in politics in 2020

The Fulcrum
New data released Tuesday by Tufts University's Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that nearly three times as many people ages 18 to 24 said in late 2020 that they have donated to a political campaign or registered others to vote, as compared to 2018.

4 lessons from Gen Z organizers that we could all use before the next election

Mashable
"CIRCLE also highlights how important adequate access to information is for processes like vote by mail that may have been new or unfamiliar to young voters, and the challenges that would pose for groups like youth of color, youth who do not have any college experience, and others that have been traditionally marginalized in civic life."

Youth Voter Turnout Was High in 2020, But Youth Organizing Is the Big Story

Teen Vogue
“We need to stop waiting until the last three months before an election to start talking with young people about issues they care about and how to vote,” says Abby Kiesa, director of impact at Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).