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Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life

The RAYSE Index


Tisch College's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement studies the civic and political engagement of young people in the United States—especially of disadvantaged youth. Part of its mission is to study and support interventions that will help close stubborn civic opportunity gaps among young people.

To that end, CIRCLE recently created the RAYSE Index (Reaching All Youth Strengthens Engagement), a data-based tool to help identify counties where a variety of indicators point to a high potential for increased youth engagement given the right investments and policies. County conditions in each of the five areas are labeled as high, moderate, or low potential to support an increase in youth civic engagement. The star rating illustrates how we estimate the degree to which these conditions together can raise youth civic engagement. Instead of providing a single ranking, users can tailor the county list by filtering for desired priorities (e.g. location, youth subgroup, political history).