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American Democracy Project 2015 Annual Report


What We’re Reading | Research on Low Youth Turnout and Registration Rates


CIRCLE: The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement recently released an analysis of Millennial voter registration and turnout rates after the 2014 midterm election yielded the lowest number of ballots cast by 18-29 year-olds in U.S. history.

Based upon data from the November 2014 midterm elections released from the United States Census, CIRCLE examined the “under-mobilization” of youth in comparison to the increase in campaign funding, and stressed the importance of outreach. In a separate but connected report, they investigated what young people look for in candidates in order to offer ideas for engagement for this demographic.

Read the interpreted Census data here.

Then, check out the candidate qualities that youth are concerned about here.

Reach for College! College Readiness Institute

By Renee Baharaeen, AASCU Civic Engagement Intern and Truman State University Student

The College Readiness Institute – hosted in Washington, DC by Reach for College! – brought together educators and community organizers this past week to learn about preparing students for college success.

The first day of the institute featured influential guest plenary speakers including Terry Reed (George Washington University), Eric Waldo (White House Reach Higher Initiative), Ivory A. Toldson (White House Initiative on HBCUs), and Tobi Printz-Platnick (The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation). The speakers shared their insights about education and problems currently facing the U.S. system as well as ways they believe the country can improve.

On day two of the event, students from George Washington University’s early college program spoke about their current experiences in the education system. The panelists highlighted challenges they faced as well as what allowed them to be successful.

The institute also offered several breakout sessions and workshops to provide educators and community organizations with classroom tactics that will engage students in viewing post-secondary education as a realistic goal. Workshops ranged from teaching strategies for helping students navigate the scholarship process and prepare for the SAT/ACT to addressing the relationship between students, teachers and parents.

Learn more about Reach for College! on the organization’s website.

2015/2016 Important Civic Engagement Dates and Deadlines

These are some of the civic engagement dates and deadlines marked on our calendars. Does your campus or organization have some that we missed? Let us know, and we’ll add them!


















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