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2014 Youth Turnout and Youth Registration Rates Lowest Ever Recorded; Changes Essential in 2016

The US Census recently released the data from its November 2014 voting survey (the Current Population Supplement, or CPS). According to our analysis of the CPS, 19.9% of 18- to 29-year-olds cast ballots in the 2014 elections.[1] This was the lowest rate of youth turnout recorded in the CPS in the past 40 years, and Read More >

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July 22nd, 2015
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How Do Young People Decide Who to Vote for?

Data from past elections suggest that young voters care more about issues than candidates’ perceived personal qualities, but given a choice of personal qualities, they especially favor candidates whom they feel are “in touch with” people like them. This is the first of two posts about what matters to young voters; the second will consider Read More >

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July 20th, 2015
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Call for Guest Posts: Impact Measures

CIRCLE is seeking proposals for guest posts to civicyouth.org on the topic of impact measures. “Impact” can be defined broadly to include outcomes for youth or for communities. We especially welcome writing (or other media) on measures that can be adapted by other researchers and practitioners or discussions of how measures have been adapted. We Read More >

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June 23rd, 2015
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Research on News Media and Implications for Youth Engagement

Recent research by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, the home of CIRCLE, has tried to understand whether and how the news media can impact broad democratic practices. This work includes experiments conducted by CIRCLE researchers in collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and with Bloggingheads TV that have Read More >

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June 17th, 2015
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America’s Civic Renewal Movement: Implications for Youth Engagement

On April 16, Tisch College released “America’s Civic Renewal Movement: The View from Organizational Leaders” by our own Peter Levine and Eric Liu, the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. At Tisch College, the home of CIRCLE, we define “civic renewal” as efforts Read More >

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