Participating in political life is a powerful learning opportunity for youth. When youth engage in political life, they influence both their own development and the communities around them. This entry first describes some ways in which young people can get involved in politics and then presents two frameworks that support the need to understand youth political participation. Next, it considers some important dimensions of youth political participation, and finally, it outlines some ways in which political participation affects youth and society.

Opportunities for Political Participation by Youth

Opportunities for youth to participate in politics exist both in school and outside school. In school, students take civics class, become involved in student government, and participate in activities such as partisan clubs and debate team. This entry focuses ...

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