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NationSwell

Monica Humphries

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5 September 2019

Rockaway, New York, United States

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In starkly unequal Rockaway, Queens, New York, a group of 60 young people organize grassroots campaigns to equalize outcomes across race and class lines in the Rockaway Youth Task Force. Just a year after its founding...

The GroundTruth Project

Milan Polk

29 August 2019

Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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Young advocates for voting rights are fighting back against laws that make it difficult for young people and other marginalized groups to register to vote. Through public campaigns, lawsuits, and voter registration dr...

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Kevin Holmes

28 June 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Collaborative efforts targeting adult-peer mentoring in Kansas City, Missouri have resulted in less crime and increased trust among participants. Focusing on high-risk teens and young adults, the program known as Teen...

The Guardian

David Crouch

1 May 2019

Kungälv, Sweden

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The city of Kungälv, Sweden, with only 20,000 residents, developed a successful initiative to prevent the spread of neo-Nazis after the murder of a fourteen year-old anti-racist activist in 1995. Armed with the theory...

Colorado Public Radio

Sam Brasch

24 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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In 2013, Colorado lawmakers passed a comprehensive voting reform bill which put a mail-in ballot in every voter's mailbox and allowed for same-day voter registration. Many credit the bill for boosting youth voting 13 ...

The Hechinger Report

Caroline Preston

12 April 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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This year, New York City's Department of Education introduced participatory budgeting in 48 public schools to bolster civics education and create a more transparent budgeting process. At Veritas Academy in Queens, stu...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

7 April 2019

Switzerland

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A group called Operation Libero in Switzerland has successfully rallied against rising right-wing populist groups by using different approaches like small-scale crowdfunding, eye-catching tongue-in-cheek campaigns, an...

Fox47

Emily Hamer

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31 March 2019

Wisconsin, United States

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A group called NextGen Wisconsin is using bounce houses, armies of field organizers, convenient voter registration tables, door knocking, and digital advertising to turn out historically high numbers of youth voters a...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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29 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Get out the vote groups like Inspire U.S.and Penn Leads the Vote have found that many young people are more engaged than ever before in wanting to vote, but they just need a little nudge in the right direction. From s...

Bustle

Alani Vargas

22 March 2019

United States

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In an attempt to encourage voter turnout, Ariana Grande set up tables at concerts on her tour where fans could register to vote, or receive text alerts reminders for those who already had. The "ThankUNextGen" campaign...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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19 March 2019

United States

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A suite of new voting apps are bringing new technologies to old organizing methods, like asking (or shaming) friends to vote and finding community leaders to encourage voter turnout. These old methods, now called "rel...

Yes! Magazine

Leanna First-Arai

13 March 2019

United States

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An estimated fifty percent of student leaders in climate strikes and protests around the country are students of color, making these movements all the more relatable, accessible, and inclusive. Because communities of ...

NPR

Michael Sullivan

26 January 2019

Indonesia

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The island nation of Indonesia is the world's second biggest polluter of marine plastics, which can be disastrous for its tourism industry, setting aside the obvious environmental hazards. But two sisters in Bali took...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Michael Deal

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9 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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With a new law requiring an experiential civics curriculum in the classroom, Massachusetts is leading the country in efforts to reinvigorate outdated civics coursework.

PBS NewsHour

Mason Berger

29 October 2018

Florida, United States

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Voter registration groups, such as Next Gen and the Florida Federation of Young Republicans, were the second most common method of getting new voters to register in Florida. To grab young voters, these organizations s...

The New York Times

Jennifer Finney Boylan

22 August 2018

Ashkelon, Israel

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Ultimate frisbee camps have helped Israeli and Palestinian youth learn conflict resolution skills. Because the game has no referees, players discuss disputes on the field themselves.

Governing

Graham Vyse

15 August 2018

Colorado, United States

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Having young people sign a voting pledge, and then reminding them that they signed, increased voter turnout on college campuses in Colorado and Pennsylvania in 2016. The approach was more effective than asking youth t...

Global Sisters Report

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

9 August 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Cathy Doherty, a leader at a local parochial school, became galvanized to do something. She started an after-school program bringing together youth from local...

NMPolitics.net

Heath Haussaman

16 July 2018

Chaparral, New Mexico, United States

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In Doña Ana County, New Mexico, boosting civic engagement is a priority. County Clerk Scott Krahling has tried several initiatives to do so, including hosting voter registration drives in schools, consolidating local ...

CityLab

Kriston Capps

5 July 2018

Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

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Takoma Park’s youth council may be the most powerful teen legislature in the nation. The city was the first to lower the voting age to 16 years old, so council members are not only communicating youth perspectives but...

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Sylvia Rousseau

Scott Warren

20 March 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The educational system in the United States prioritizes individual student success over the common civic good. But schools and organizations are bringing back civics education by creating democratic learning environme...

The New York Times

Farah Stockman

3 March 2018

United States

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Universities are using competitions, music, and prizes to encourage civic engagement among students. Efforts are aided by a national study that allows schools to see how many of their students voted either locally or ...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

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20 November 2017

Liberia

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Liberia is a country that has suffered from over a decade of civil war, as well as government corruption. New female-led government leadership has created the President’s Young Professionals Program that has enrolled ...

Le Soir

Elodie Blogie

24 June 2017

Brussels, Belgium

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Based off the Dutch initiative IMC Weekendschool, TADA is a program in Brussels, Belgium that helps younger kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods learn about different career paths. The weekend workshops expose childr...

Bright Magazine

Patricia Alex

24 April 2017

United States

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Women are underrepresented in elected positions, and with Trump being elected after being heard describing women in poor taste, this has only become more of a concern. Programs such as Elect Her and IGNITE are trying ...

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