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.
The goal of this research is to produce both a monograph and an edited volume that analyze the public spheres of the contemporary United States and other nations and the role of the Internet within them.
The Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics (MAPP) Project is based at at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Over the past four years, MAPP conducted five case studies of diverse youth-driven communities which translate mechanisms of participatory culture into civic engagement and political participation.
Youth Media and its Digital Afterlife follows young people’s creative, investigative, and civic-minded projects through stages of development, distribution, and—crucially—what happens once the work has been released to networked audiences.
The Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project (YPPSP) has collected survey data from a nationally representative sample of more than 2,500 respondents ages 15-25. This data provides researchers with a unique opportunity to interrogate how youth from a variety of backgrounds participate in and experience public life, online and off.