Cultivating Youth Activism

A global conversation in a time of democratic crisis

The virtual conference will connect youth activists with civics practitioners and scholars from around the world in order to discuss the best practices of youth advocacy and challenges facing democracy in the current moment. Bringing together stakeholders from all corners of the world, including Thailand, India, South Sudan, Paraguay, and more, these two days will foster connections between disparate movements, inspire greater efficacy in the global fight for democracy and justice, and set the stage for future collaboration and conversations


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Presented by the SNF Agora Institute with support from the Global Network for Youth Action.


Election 2020: Engaging Students in Civic Discourse

A guide for school teachers and administrators on how to manage political discussion and promote civil dialogue in the classroom

With the 2020 U.S. election cycle under way, educators are looking for ways to help their students engage meaningfully with, learn from, and maintain civility around political discourse. Across public, private, and parochial school sectors, school leaders point to one primary challenge, regardless of student population or educational mission: promoting civil dialogue.

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This guide, written by Kelly Siegel-Stechler and published by the SNF Agora Institute, offers educators a set of best practices and guidelines for managing discussion and promoting civil dialogue. It also offers guidance for teachers to think about their own biases, and for school leaders to think about the structural factors that may influence these conversations. Finally, it provides an overview of available resources that can help educators meet their goals for healthy and productive engagement with political conversations in 2020 and the years ahead.

Read the full report here or download it below.




Does the Content of Political Appeals Matter in Motivating Participation? A Field Experiment on Self Disclosure in Political Appeals

Although robust citizen participation is fundamental to a healthy democracy, we still lack a clear sense of how to motivate participation. This paper presents the results of an experimental study designed to see if the content of political appeals matters in motivating participation. Previous research in this area has had mixed results. This paper finds that political appeals that include some self-disclosure about the person making the request triggers a liking heuristic that causes subjects to be more likely to comply with a request for action. Subjects receiving the treatment appeal are significantly more likely to donate money to support a political cause.

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