FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, December 3, 2012
Chris Bowling, 202-236-5889 (cell)
Joseph Kahne of Mills College and Debra Satz ofStanford University Join Nonpartisan Commissionto Study and Inform Policies on Youth Voting
Focused on “WideRange” of Influences, e.g. State Voting Laws, Civic Education Policies
Tisch College, Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA
premier center for the study of youth engagement, announced the selection of Debra Satz, Marta Sutton WeeksProfessor of Ethics in Society, and Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University; and Joseph Kahne,Professor of Education at Mills College and Chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network onYouth and Participatory Politics, to serve on the nonpartisan
charged with investigating the civic knowledge, engagement and turnout patterns of young Americans 29 and under. The commission, announced last week, will be comprised of a bipartisan groupof 14 scholars and experts from across the country and will conclude its work in the spring of 2013 with acomprehensive report outlining recommendations on how to strengthen the civic participation of
"Our society faces critical challenges,” said Satz, “such as climate change and growing inequality
--andtoday's youth are and will be critical decision makers. Improving the quantity and quality of their politicalparticipation is therefore an important task."
Kahne said: “It is essential that we examine the factors that foster thoughtful and robust participation of
young people. The data CIRCLE is assembling can provide the basis for policies and educationalpractices that promote informed engagement. Youth engagement is fundamentally important, if we wish
to realize the true benefits of democratic institutions.”
A full list of commission members, information about the commission, and updates on its workand progress can be found online, here.
,one of the main grant funders of the commission’swork, said, “The policy cho
ices our nation makes in coming years will affect profoundly the lives andfortunes of today's young people. Helping them to become active and effective participants in shaping