YPP Network Description

The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP) formed out of recognition that youth are critical to the future of democracy and that the digital age is introducing technological changes that are impacting how youth develop into informed, engaged, and effective actors.

A video discussion "From Voice to Influence: Media, Learning, and Participatory Politics"

A video discussion on 'From Voice to Influence: Media, Learning, and Participatory Politics,' hosted on Education Innovator. Streamed live on Jun 13, 2016






Video production credits: The Pearson Foundation and the New Learning Institute


In recent years, a wave of new research focused upon the interplay between participatory culture, learning, and politics has emerged from the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative and in particular, from two related research networks, The Youth and Participatory Politics Network and the Connected Learning Network. This scholarship has often focused on such core concepts as “voice” or “civic agency” and a core debate around how we help insure that young people’s voices are not simply heard but acted upon. This webinar brings together the scholars and practitioners who contributed to the forthcoming “From Voice to Influence” special issue of the Journal of Digital Media and Literacy to ask how in and out of school experiences can help young people learn to use their voices to influence social change.