Regardless of age, young people are not only able to contribute to the community and political initiatives, but communities are stronger when they are. The various pathways that young people take to having a voice and taking leadership to fight for change are not only good for communities, it’s good for young people’s development, academics, and well-being.
Ever heard someone say “politics is everywhere”? The converse is that everywhere we learn about politics. And, research on youth civic engagement bears this out: young people’s opportunities, capacities, confidence, and likelihood to be engaged in speaking out or having a voice are learned through many places - and the influences can be positive and negative. In this session, we’ll talk about why youth civic engagement matters, what are the forces and counterforces to diverse youth engagement, and how can youth-focused organizations support youth civic development and leverage media in the process.
CLX partner the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) will spearhead this conversation.