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.



Lessons from the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Initiative

Featured on the Teaching Channel is an overview of the Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age Initiative


Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age



Encouraging Students to Take Action



Infographics For Change


Digital Media and Struggles for Justice

The Black Youth Project and the YPP Survey Project have launched a new video that features activists, educators and organizers reflecting on using digital media in struggles for social justice.  Click here for more videos about Participatory Politics in Action from the Black Youth Project 



YPP Network Connected Learning TV Webinars

Youth Led Inquiry, Connection and Action: Redesigning Civic Education for Participatory Politics, Council of Youth Research webinar series focuses on successes and lessons learned from two long-running civic education initiatives that redesign civic learning opportunities to take advantage of digital opportunities for connection and social action. The Educating for Participatory Politics project is an action project that works with educators to resdesign civic learning opportunities in classrooms in three different cities. The Council of Youth Research is a partnership between UCLA and local schools in Los Angeles that has mentored young people to become researchers of their own schools and communities over the past fifteen years. 


Educators' Experiences Educating for Participatory Politics (3/24/2016)



Webinars in this series

Supporting Educators to Educate for Participatory Politics (03/10/2016)

YPAR in Action: Lessons from the Coucil of Youth Research (3/17/2016)

Thinking across Civic Education Work (3/31/2016)


By Any Media Necessary Webinar Series

The Media, Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project launched the By Any Media Necessary two-part webinar series with Twitter chats in February 2015. The By Any Media Necessary webinar series explores how organizations and individuals are harnessing digital media to scaffold and sustain participatory politics, and what "success" means in modern-day civics.


The first webinar in the series (below) is Measuring and Sustaining Participatory Politics Success



Webinars in this series and Twitter Chats

[Webinar] Measuring and Sustaining Participatory Politics Success (2/5/2015)

[Twitter Chat] Measuring and Sustaining Participatory Politics Success (2/12/2015]

[Webinar] An Action Plan for Achieving Success in Participatory Politics (2/17/2015]

[Twitter Chat] An Action Plan for Acheiving Success in Participatory Politics (2/26/2015)



Storytelling and Digital-Age Civics with the Media, Activism and Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project

The series explores storytelling as a practice that bridges cultural and civic/political engagement. The series begins January 14, 2014. For more info visit Storytelling and Digital-Age Civics



Webinars in this series

Making Your Story (1/16/2014)

Spreading Your Story (1/21/2014)

Considering Your Story (1/28/2014)



More Connected Learning TV Videos

Documenting DREAMs: New Media, Undocumented Youth and the Immigrant Rights Movement (11/29/12)



Henry Jenkins - The Transmedia Generation: Spreadable Media, Fan Activism, and Participatory Learning (11/13/12)


Ellen Middaugh - Service & Activism in the Digital Age: Supporting Youth Engagement in Public Life (5/17/12)

Joe Kahne - Digital Evolution: Social Media's Growing Impact on Youth Political Engagement (11/6/12)


Conference Videos



DML 2013 - Ethan Zuckerman Keynote Address

DML 2013 Keynote: The Crisis in Civics from DML Research Hub on Vimeo.



Remixing Citizenship, Remaking Democracy (DML 2013 Plenary Session #1 - Rob "Biko" Baker, Danah Boyd, Cathy Cohen, Astrid Silva and moderator Craig Watkins)