Amplifying youth voices.
Transforming Democracy.


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Center for Action Civics  |

This website is supported by Mikva Challenge. It serves as a hub for supporting Action Civics teachers, especially in the Chicago area. The site provides Action Civics resources for free and for purchasing.

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What Kids Can Do  |

This is a nonprofit website that uses digital, print, and broadcast media, to deliver a dual message: the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunities and supports they need and what they can contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously. The youth who concern WKCD most are those marginalized by poverty, race, and language, ages 12 to 22. Here you can find stories of youth empowerment and civic change from across the country.

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How Youth Learn |

This site is supported by What Kids Can Do. It compiles research and practices regarding how youth best learn, emphasizing student voices.

Campaign for Civic Mission  

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools |

This site supports a national advocacy campaign to make Civic Learning an educational priority. You can find research and advocacy tools for teachers and policymakers on this site.


Fact Sheets

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. (2013). Civic learning fact sheet. Retrieved from:

Circle Staff. (2010). “Civic Skills and Federal Policy,” CIRCLE Fact Sheet. Medford, MA: Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (April). Retrieved on July 18, 2013 from:

Circle Staff. (2013). Civic learning through action: The case of Generation Citizen. Fact Sheet. Medford, MA: CIRCLE.  Retrieved from

Godsay, S., Henderson, W., Levine, P., & Littenberg-Tobias, J. (2012). “State Civic Education Requirements,” CIRCLE Fact Sheet. Medford, MA: Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (September). Retrieved on January 3, 2012 from:


Action Civics. (n.d.) In Wikipedia. Retrieved from

Cohen, A. and Chaffee, B. (2012). The relationship between adolescents’ civic knowledge, civic attitude and civic behavior and their self-reported future likelihood of voting. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, 0(0), 1-15. Retrieved from

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. Guardian of democracy: The civic mission of schools. Jonathon Gould (Ed) Retrieved from

Ferman, B. (2012). Educating for democracy: Reflections from a work in progress. Journal of Political Science Education, 8(3), 231-250.

Ferman, B. (2006). Leveraging Social Capital: The University as Educator and Broker in The Place That Loves You Back: Community and Social Capital in Philadelphia. Richardson Dilworth, (ed). Temple University Press.

Ferman, B. (2005). Youth Civic Engagement in Practice: The Youth VOICES Program.  The Good Society, Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society. V14, #3:45-51

Flanagan, C., Syvertsen, A. and Stout M. (2007) Civic measurement models: Tapping adolescents’ civic engagement. CIRCLE Working Paper, 55.  Retrieved online

Gittell, M., Ferman, B. and Price, C. (2006). Assessing Community Organizing: The Ford Foundation Fund for Community Organizing.  Howard Samuels Center, CUNY Graduate Center, NYC.

Gingold, J. (In review). Building an Evidence-Based Practice of Action Civics: The current state of assessment and recommendations for the future. Circle Working Paper. PDF available here.

Levinson, M. (2010). The civic empowerment gap: Defining the problem and locating solutions. In L. Sherrod, J. Torney-Purta, & C. Flanagan (Eds.) Handbook of research on civic engagement in youth. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Pope, A., Stolte, L., & Cohen, A. (2011). Closing the civic engagement gap: The potential of action civics. Social Education, 75(5), 267-270.

Sazama, Jenny. “Allies to Young People: Tips and Guidelines on How to Assist Young People to Organize.” Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. New York: Routledge, 2000. 578-80. Print.


Making Civics Count   Campbell, D. E., Levinson, M., & Hess, F (Eds.). (2012) Making civics count. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

No Citizen Left BehindLevinson, Meira. “Chapter 6: The Case for Action Civics.” No Citizen Left Behind. Cambridge,  MA: Harvard UP, 2012.

Handbook on Research Sherrod, L., Torney-Purta, J., & Flanagan, C. (Eds.) (2010) Handbook of research on civic engagement in youth. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.