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RU Ready National Expansion

New Brunswick, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2020)

The Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Center for Youth Political Participation (CYPP) at Rutgers—New Brunswick announced the national expansion of its RU Ready civic engagement initiative. The launch begins with new RU Ready programs at Drew University in New Jersey and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas at Austin this spring – with plans to expand the program to more universities over the next few years. The announcement comes on the heels of recent data that shows a significant increase in youth political engagement across the United States.

RU Ready helps local high school students develop the political and expressive skills needed to address public problems in their communities. College students are also trained to be peer educators by delivering a series of RU Ready lesson plans in nearby high schools. Additionally, the program includes a one-day young leaders conference and a civics fair at participating high schools. RU Ready students learn to think deeply about how the American political system works and effectively build civic skills in the classroom. The national expansion of the program will create a network of scholars, practitioners, teachers, and students interested in studying and encouraging youth political participation.

During the first phase of the expansion, Matto and other CYPP staff will partner with Drew University and the University of Texas at Austin to maintain the core evidence-based techniques already built into RU Ready. Staff will also explore alternative methods to customize the curriculum to meet the needs of each college campus and their partner high schools.

Want to Be a Part of Expansion?
The Center for Youth Political Participation is keenly interested in expanding the network of RU Ready programs. Interested schools should contact CYPP to learn more.

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