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.

Educating for Participatory Politics

    EPP Resources for Educators


    Educating for Participatory Politics

    The Educating for Participatory Politics (EPP) project explored the transformations that accompany the digital age, and investigated the opportunities for educators in preparing young people to participate in civic and political life. Preparing youth for democracy in the digital age requires a new approach. Web 2.0 tools and digital media have become central to civic and political life, and digital media literacy has become an essential civic competency. However, we lack sufficient models of civic education that respond to this changing landscape. Drawing on the work of the Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP), four teams based in three different cities worked with educators and youth to develop a framework of core practices of participatory politics that articulate a new vision for civic education.


    The EPP teams created and piloted model educational resources that promote young people’s capacity to engage as civic actors in the digital age. The EPP Resources are curated here.


    To find out more about educating for participatory politics, visit our Frequently Asked Questions or read the journal article “Redesigning Civic Education for the Digital Age.



    You can also explore the Digital Civics Toolkit that was developed by a subset of the EPP team. The Toolkit is a collection of resources for educators to support youth to explore, recognize, and take seriously the civic potentials of digital life. It explores a range of civic opportunities and dilemmas via 5 modules focused on:



    For more resources you can visit the following:

    EPP Resources for Educators

    Digital Civics Toolkit

    Educating for Democracy Deep Dive on the Teaching Channel