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What We’re Reading: CVP’s College Students and Voting report

It’s been 42 years since the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 with the 26th Amendment, yet challenges to student participation in the voting process are still prevalent.  To mark this anniversary, Campus Vote Project, a project of the Fair Elections Legal Network (and an ADP partner organization!), released “College Students and Voting: A Campus Vote Project Perspective.” The report details the challenges students faced and some of the ways those challenges were overcome in 2012. In the report, Campus Vote Project provides specific examples of some of the creative approaches from last year and what can be expected in 2013.

Over the past year Campus Vote Project has worked with administrators and student organizations on college campuses throughout the country to help students overcome a variety of barriers that often discourage them from voting. Through this experience, the project observed several trends in the student voting experience.campusvote_sm

In 2012, young adults, ages 18-29, made up almost 19% of the electorate. While this is a slight increase from 2008, when students move to a new community to attend college they often face obstacles to voting that can drive down participation. These include:

  • Not knowing voter registration rules and deadlines,
  • Not having acceptable ID for voter registration or voting purposes,
  • Confusion about where to vote,
  • Lack of transportation to the polls, and
  • Election officials or poll workers who are unaware or unsympathetic to student voting challenges.

In addition to new laws in 2011 and 2012, intimidation from elected officials and dissemination of incorrect information created barriers for students.

To overcome these challenges in 2012, students, administrators, faculty, voting rights advocates, and others worked together to educate students and provide information on deadlines, where to vote, and making sure they had the proper information so they were able to cast their ballot.

A copy of the report can be found here:

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What We’re Reading Now: California Campus Compact’s Partnering in Tough Times: Service-Learning for Economic Vitality

CA Campus Compact LogoCalifornia Campus Compact recently released its latest publication, Partnering in Tough Times: Service-Learning for Economic Vitality, based on the results and lessons of its Social Innovation Generation: California Recovery and Renewal Initiative, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

The Social Innovation Generation: California Recovery and Renewal Initiative was part of California Campus Compact’s three-year initiative from 2009 – 2012, which focused on catalyzing and mobilizing colleges and universities to aid in the state’s recovery and renewal through service, service-learning, and inventive solutions embedded in social entrepreneurship, micro-finance, and social investment. With support from CNCS, Learn and Serve America, six California universities received two-year grants to serve as lead institutions. Each developed service and service-learning projects themselves and engaged other colleges and universities in their local area related efforts. Together these campuses collaborated with more than 300 community organizations.

Click here to open and download the report.

U.S. Department of Education: Feedback wanted on Road Map for Civic Learning

Below you’ll find a message from the U.S. Department of Education seeking input on the implementation of its Civic Learning Road Map published in January 2012. Please consider sharing your input through the vehicles described below by November 30th. — Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

Dear Civic Community,

At a White House event this past January, the Obama Administration released its Road Map for civic learning, “Civic Learning and Engagement in Democracy: A Road Map and Call to Action.”  The Road Map outlines nine steps ED is undertaking to increase civic learning and engagement across our country.

The Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative is requesting feedback from you on how ED should implement 4 of the 9 steps and define “civic learning and engagement”. We encourage educators, practitioners, students, researchers, and any other interested parties to submit thoughtful opinions, ideas, suggestions and comments. Please submit all comments by November 30th to  or post them on directly on the blog.

We envision a nationwide commitment to preparing all students for citizenship as informed, engaged and responsible members of our society.

We hope you can assist us in strengthening our programs and policies to meet this commitment.



Samuel Ryan, Regional & Youth Outreach Associate
Office of Communications and Outreach
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Suite 5E216
Office: (202) 401-1669

Partner Spotlight: NCoC’s new Issue Brief “Civic Health & Unemployment II: The Case Builds”

Better Civic Health means Lower Unemployment

Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds is the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)’s latest issue brief. This 2012 Issue Brief explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience. It finds that the density and type of nonprofit organizations in a community, as well as its social cohesion (the level at which citizens trust, talk to and help neighbors and socialize with family and friends), are important predictors of that community’s ability to withstand unemployment in a recession.

“Civic Health and Unemployment II: The Case Builds” is released by NCoC in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with research by CIRCLE (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), Civic Enterprises, and Saguaro Seminar.

This brief is a continuation of research that began in 2011 with a brief called “Civic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy?” That brief found that five measures of civic engagement – attending meetings, helping neighbors, registering to vote, volunteering and voting – appear to help protect against unemployment and contribute to overall economic resilience. See the related 2011 brief.
The research will be presented this week in Philadelphia during the National Conference on Citizenship’s 67th annual conference, which brings together civic leaders, educators, CEOs and government representatives to address issues related to our nation’s civic health.

Viewers can watch the conference, including the announcement of the winners via livestream from 1-5:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 14th. There will be a panel exploring the link between civic engagement and employment at 1:45 p.m ET.

To join the conversation on Twitter, follow @NCoC and @CivicData and the hashtag #NCoC, or on its Facebook page. The conference will include questions from Twitter followers as part of the conference.

Authors: Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg (CIRCLE), Chaeyoon Lim (University of Wisconsin) and Peter Levine (CIRCLE).

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