The latest newsletter from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) is out and has some articles that our readers would likely find interesting.
First is the front-page article on the impact of service-learning on the civic engagement of high school students. The article reports findings from a study that compared students involved in service-learning with those who are not across a variety of measures of engagement. One of the findings is that service-learning students are more likely to say that they intend to vote and that they enjoy school. While differences between the student populations compared were not statistically significant in this study, other indicators show a connection between service and later civic involvement. Is service a guarantee of later civic involvement? Probably not airtight but we are sure enough to encourage the investment of schools, communities, states, and the federal government in making the opportunities available to young people.
Two other stories will be of interest as well. One is about incorporating young people into the city planning process in Hampton, Virginia. The article provides three concrete principles that any city can use in trying to integrate youth into city government. The other is a discussion of community-based civic education (as opposed to traditional educational institutions providing the only civic education.)
As usual, CIRCLE has put together an interesting and educative newsletter (PDF) that we can highly recommend for your reading enjoyment.