Young people are concerned about a wide range of issues, but many aren’t hearing from campaigns, lack information, and face barriers to voting.
Our analysis finds that local groups and institutions can help connect youth to democratic participation, but they must do better to reach a wide diversity of young people.
Our research shows that the environment and climate change is a top issue for young people and presents opportunities for broader youth outreach.
This essay is part of CIRCLE's 2021 Youth Expertise Series, in which young people share ideas, based on their experiences, for how to fulfill the promise of the 26th Amendment.
Understanding the identities, views, and civic access of young conservatives and Republicans is key to ensuring all youth have paths to participation in civic life.
Our 2020 post-election youth poll showed that young Asian Americans were especially concerned about racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is part of our Rep Us Practitioner Series, in which partners in this field share their experiences running programs in which young people's voices inform public conversations.
Our research finds a big gap between the vote choice of young white voters and young voters of color in rural areas/small towns.
Campaign contact, digital outreach, young people engaging their peers, and action on racial justice all contributed to higher youth voter turnout.
The data suggests outreach to young Black voters worked, and their overwhelming preference for the Democratic candidates may have been decisive.