22x20 - Youth civic engagement

By 2020, 22 million teenagers should be at the polls—as informed, motivated, media literate new voters.

Our nonpartisan 22×20 campaign broadens and diversifies youth voice about public issues in the lead-up to national and local elections.

We invite educators and community leaders to host local action parties, and to use our prepared tools to inspire teen civic engagement and media creation.

Many teens think their voices don’t matter

Among youth who voted in 2016, only 25% felt confident about American democracy. Party politics and an onslaught of content make teens tune out.

We Must Start Earlier. Being A Part Of Democracy Begins Before 18

As a country, we can inspire political engagement and media literacy by supporting teen voices and providing evidence that their voices are heard—this will build civic skills for lifelong participation.

Who we are

22×20 is a groundbreaking national campaign and network of media, cultural and educational partners amplifying and diversifying teen voice, political expression, and media creation in the lead up to the 2020 election and beyond. We’re supporting youth to build nonpartisan media literacy skills to interpret, critique, and respond to political messages as a critical step towards engagement.

The 22×20 approach

Cultural

10-12 Youth Leaders with stipends will embed the 22×20 campaign locally by being hosted at a campaign partner organization. A regular feed of stories and media from youth leaders.

Media

Pursue local models of how journalism can embed youth voices. Pilot partnerships with education. Connect to local youth leaders and campaign partners.

Education

Curated resource exchange from across network partners for those new to media literacy and creation, youth voting. Support for teacher building and amplifying student voice.

About the 22x20 campaign leadership

Helmed by The LAMP and CIRCLE, the 22×20 campaign aims to activate and facilitate youth voice and leadership in the democratic process.

22×20 is a groundbreaking national campaign that supports youth, building nonpartisan media literacy skills to interpret, critique, and respond to political messages as a critical step towards engagement.

LAMP

Since 2007, the LAMP has brought 21st-century survival skills to youth, parents and educators. We provide vital, hands-on services that help people in our New York City communities and beyond navigate and thrive in this loud-media environment.

Skills & Outcomes

CIRCLE

CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy.