Civic engagement is not just a feel-good element of community life. New data and research explored in our latest report, “ Connecting Youth and Strengthening Communities: The Data Behind Civic Engagement and Economic Opportunity “, indicate it may also be an effective path to upward mobility for young Americans.
This report, presented in conjunction with our research partner Measure of America, examines the relationship between civic engagement and economic opportunity in the United States, in particular how volunteerism and group membership may build social capital for youth, promote upward mobility and contribute to a range of positive outcomes that benefit both the individual and the community.
Our hope is that this research initiative will spur dialogue, collaboration and a renewed focus to promote civic engagement initiatives as part of a larger commitment to expand opportunity.
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