Merely having students pass the U.S. citizenship test ignores the deeper civic learning that young people need to be prepared for democracy.
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A comprehensive paper authored by CIRCLE's director and deputy director argues for a focus on skills and knowledge that prepare youth for civic life.
Young people understand and are affected by the issues, and the younger they vote the more likely they will continue to do so for a lifetime.
The close relationship between the percentage of youth who were thinking about the election and the percentage who voted highlights the importance of reaching out and talking to young people.
Highlights from our comprehensive analysis of youth participation in the 2014 midterm election,
Young people's turnout was comparable to rates of youth participation in recent years
We explore how closely contested elections and ballot initiatives about hot-button issues influenced youth participation in the 2014 midterms.
Our fact sheets explore how young Asians, Latinos, and African Americans participate in elections.
A new report from the National Education Association and co-authored by CIRCLE researchers shares findings and recommendations related to enhancing girls' leadership.