CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
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2018 Election Center

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Our 2018 Election Center contains the most important CIRCLE data and analysis related to young people and the 2018 midterm elections, as well as additional tools and resources like our Youth Electoral Significance Index.

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Civic Education Project Co-Led by CIRCLE Receives $650,000 Grant

On November 1, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $650,000 to a groundbreaking project led by iCivics which will evaluate and recommend best practices for K-12 civics in the United States. The project, Educating for American Democracy: A Roadmap for Excellence in History and Civics Education for All Learners, will bring together more than Read More >

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November 7th, 2019
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Celebrating Media Literacy Week! 10 Ways Media Literacy Matters in 2020

October 21-25 was U.S. Media Literacy Week, and CIRCLE partnered with the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to strengthen connections between youth voices, media literacy, and democracy. We were thrilled to join NAMLE, Mediawise, PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs, and others in Detroit and New York to think with high school students about Read More >

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October 25th, 2019
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Voter Turnout of Youth Aged 18-19 Shows States Having Varied Success at Growing Voters

In August, we wrote about the need for a paradigm shift from solely mobilizing voters at election time to a framework for building election education and engagement we call Growing Voters. That shift is critical because, as we’ve shared, youth voter turnout among 18- and 19-year-olds is regularly below that of their slightly older peers, Read More >

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September 19th, 2019
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Voting with their Wallets: The Largely Untapped Potential of Youth As Political Donors

Donating to a political campaign is an important form of civic participation. It’s one of many ways that individuals can be engaged in an election, and offer concrete support to the party or candidate that they feel will advance their interests and represent their values. Increasingly, particularly among Democrats, some of whom shun large corporate Read More >

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September 13th, 2019
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Growing Voters: Engaging Youth Before they Reach Voting Age to Strengthen Democracy

Note: This analysis has been edited to reflect an updated calculation of voter turnout for youth ages 18-19. We initially stated that turnout rate was 22%; the correct number, reflected below, is 23%. The updated calculation also changed our language about turnout for this age group in specific states. We invite you to read the Read More >

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August 14th, 2019
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