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Promote Youth Civic Engagement

Effective initiatives respect the value of young people in public problem-solving and provide young people and adults with information, tools and support to work effectively together as partners, allowing opportunities for youth to take ownership of parts of the process, mobilize others and become powerful role models. It is important to be inclusive in planning and working with youth, placing particular emphasis on engaging young people who have not traditionally been included in community youth development opportunities and recognizing and valuing diversity (including ethnic, racial and socio-economic). By creating opportunities for youth civic engagement, policymakers promote the healthy development of young people. Civic engagement provides young people with opportunities to gain work experience, acquire new skills, and to learn responsibility and accountability—all while contributing to the good of their communities.

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In its report, The Civic and Political Health of the Nation: A Generational Portrait, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) examines the civic engagement of young Americans and adults across 19 core measures of engagement, as well as attitudes towards government, levels of political knowledge, partisanship and views of elections and politics.

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These policies were developed in partnership with Rock The Vote, who has worked for twenty years to engage young people in the political process.