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 Youth for Online Civic and Political Dialogue: A Conceptual Framework for the Digital Age
by Erica Hodgin
June 28, 2016
With the rise of digital media and online communication, supporting youth to navigate online civic and political dialogue is increasingly critical. Drawing on four high school teachers’ work on a participatory academic platform, this paper details five stages of opportunity that built young people’s capacity for civic voice and influence. These learning opportunities, as well as three key challenges teachers faced, provide a conceptual framework for educators in the digital age.