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Funding Opportunity: Bringing Theory to Practice Grants

New Funding Available from Bringing Theory to Practice

First Deadline: August 1, 2015

Founded in 2003, Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) encourages and supports colleges and universities in developing sustainable campus cultures that reaffirm higher education’s core purposes:

Advancing higher learning and discovery
Fostering the well-being of the whole student
Serving as a public good to deepen and sustain a civic society

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Partner Spotlight: New Data & Report from CIRCLE

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Does the Age of a Presidential Candidate Matter to Young Voters?

As more contenders enter the next presidential race, CIRCLE continues looking ahead to 2016 and exploring the role that youth will play in that election. With candidates ranging in age from 43 (Marco Rubio) to 73 (Bernie Sanders) already among the declared aspirants, we explored an oft-asked question: do young people prefer to vote for younger candidates?

The answer is, largely, no. In 2008, less than 20% of young voters (ages 18-29) said that age was an important factor, and very few reported that it was “the single most important factor” in deciding their vote: only 6% of young Democrats and 4% of Republicans. While youth have voted for the younger of the presidential candidates in a majority of recent elections, those younger candidates have also generally been Democrats, which means the age of candidates is tied to other factors.

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America’s Civic Renewal Movement: Implications for Youth Engagement

Last month, Tisch College—the home of CIRCLE—released “America’s Civic Renewal Movement: The View from Organizational Leaders,” a report by former CIRCLE Director Peter Levine and Eric Liu, founder and CEO of Citizen University. The report is the product of interviews with 20 leaders from large, national civic engagement organizations who discussed the state of the field and broader strategies for civic renewal.

While the interviews did not focus on youth, its findings are highly relevant to youth engagement. Young people are developing their civic identities when there is not yet a robust network for civic renewal, and several interviewees lamented the lack of youth in formal settings, such as facilitating conversations.

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Civic Engagement & Democracy News from our Friends at the DDC

DDCSelected News from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium

  • Can a group of people write a graphic novel about civic infrastructure? We’ll find out at the Frontiers of Democracy conference http://ow.ly/MCTE0
  • Public Agenda celebrates their 40th anniversary and opens the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment – http://ow.ly/NdEMr
  • New issue of the Journal of Public Deliberationhttp://ow.ly/MRoIn – has articles on online deliberation, institutional design, inclusion, recruitment, voting, culture, divided societies, and more, by authors like John Gastil, Alan Tomkins, Carolina Johnson, and Jennifer Stromer-Galley, and reviews of books by Josh Lerner, Chris Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg, Paula Cossart, and Jose Marichal
  • Rich Harwood champions the role of libraries in engagement, as “uniquely trusted local institutions” – http://ow.ly/Npxgo
  • Boiling down public engagement to four basic types – http://ow.ly/NpwDJ
  • How can “social deliberative skills” be encouraged and supported online? New research from Tom Murray and colleagues http://ow.ly/NpvwH
  • Personal Democracy Forum is now accepting applications for its Civic Hall Fellowship Program – http://ow.ly/NlI9O
  • New National Issues Forums guide on health care costs – http://ow.ly/NlI0i
  • Using keypad polling as part of community planning in Laconia, NH – http://ow.ly/NnoIV @OrtonFoundation
  • The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas is seeking a new director – http://ow.ly/NgIjC
  • Latest issue of the National Civic Review focuses on the connection between engagement and educational opportunities http://ow.ly/N7mh2
  • The new Promising Practice Database is a feature of membership in the National Civic League – http://ow.ly/MY52R @allamericacity
  • How schools in Pittsfield, NH have implemented a more democratic, student-centered approach to leaning – http://ow.ly/MV0qz
  • MetroQuest releases a free guide to effective online engagement – http://ow.ly/MUTnr
  • Luca Belgiorno-Nettis reflects on whether the great democratic documents of the past have meaning for us today – http://ow.ly/MSG0i
  • What do we mean, exactly, by “participation?”  http://ow.ly/MUGiv Take the survey at http://ow.ly/MUHUC to help clarify
  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund revises its guidelines for its Democratic Practice Program – http://ow.ly/MSFzB @RockBrosFund
  • Online engagement platforms mainly involve the privileged? Probably. Here’s why this matters – and why it doesn’t – http://ow.ly/MSE5P
  • Should all institutions be democratic? No, says Peter Levine http://ow.ly/MOGYF
  • The National Issues Forums Institute releases three new discussion guides on water issues – http://ow.ly/MLWVV
  • “The biggest crisis in the world is that we are at a low point in how we all participate in shaping our communities” http://ow.ly/MzuQl
  • IAP2 USA seeks nominations for 2015 Core Values Awards, for project, research project, and organization of the year – http://ow.ly/MsRQs
  • Rita Allen Foundation announces $515,000 in grants to build civic engagement through technology and media – http://ow.ly/MsRHA
  • The session schedule is filling in for the Frontiers of Democracy conference, June 25-27. See the list so far at http://ow.ly/Mm3mI
  • Everyday Democracy on how to create spaces for all voices, in Baltimore and elsewhere – http://ow.ly/MlPFU
  • “‘When people have meaningful, productive roles in making public decisions and solving public problems, we get smarter, more equitable, more broadly supported public policies,’ says Leighninger” http://ow.ly/MfwKo
  • Peter Levine has been named associate dean of Tisch College; Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg will succeed him as CIRCLE director http://ow.ly/LZxq0
  • Peter Levine & Eric Liu find that no civic renewal organization “ has managed to be large, deep, diverse, and focused”  http://ow.ly/LYFZY
  • Martin Carcasson and Leah Sprain introduce “deliberative inquiry,” a theory designed to aid the work of practitioners – http://ow.ly/LVxEi “ Deliberative inquiry moves from a linear event-focused model where deliberation produces refined public opinion and decision outcomes to using deliberative principles to guide a cyclical learning process.”
  • The Democracy Fund releases its first annual report – http://ow.ly/LSTQn
  • The National Conference on Citizenship will be held October 9 in DC – http://ow.ly/LPqcB
  • Laura Black, Tim Shaffer, and Nancy Thomas take stock of the field of public deliberation for JPD – http://ow.ly/LLqxF “Traditionally, journals haven’t played a central role in social change. But for JPD, we have the potential to do more than a traditional ‘academic’ journal. This is not to be interpreted as a diminishment of rigorous scholarship; instead, we see it as a commitment to making scholarship meaningful to people and communities.”
  • Submit lab ideas now for the World Forum for Democracy 2015. Theme: “Freedom vs control: For a democratic response” http://ow.ly/LBJlk
  • “The future of journalism and the future of civic engagement are closely intertwined.” http://ow.ly/LpZUO
  • Combining thick and thin engagement in budgeting through a new tool, Balancing Act – http://ow.ly/Ln4PG @BalancingActEP

Student Spotlight: Campus Compact’s 2015 Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

Congratulations to the following 46 students from AASCU/ADP colleges and universities who have been named Newman Civic Fellows for 2015 by Campus Compact! You may click on each name to read a description of their accomplishments.

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