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Document Number: 10395

“That’s Not Democracy.” How Out-of-School Youth Engage in Civic Life and What Stands in Their Way - This report uses survey data to show that civic engagement is highly unequal among young Americans and such gaps may sustain over time. The primary divisions are between young people who have attended college and “non-college youth” -- those who dropped out of high school or did not continue their educations beyond high school (about 42% of the resident youth population in 2012). For instance, young adults with college experience are about twice as likely to vote and to volunteer. Overall, the study finds that non-college young people lack organized and institutional opportunities to address large-scale social issues. (CIRCLE)...

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