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.

Activists and Participatory Politics
  • Project Description

    The Activists and Participatory Politics project grew out of research carried out by YPP Network projects during phase I of the project and the growing understanding of the ways participatory culture and participatory politics provided important connections for activists who otherwise might work in isolation. The project was led by YPP Network members Cathy Cohen, Jennifer Earl, Henry Jenkins, and Elisabeth Soep. The project worked to provide support and highlight the effective practices of activist groups that promoted participatory politics and youth civic and political engagement. The connections developed through this work created contexts with opportunities to build bridges and connections that enhanced the activists' work. The Activist and Participatory Politics project work included hosting face-to-face gatherings of activists in order to begin dialogue and collaboration, and to further develop that collaboration via online participatory media.