Recent studies from PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement) and CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement) have highlighted staggering contrasts in civic opportunities and engagement for youth on a path towards college and those who are not. Young people without college experience have an unemployment rate double their college-bound counterparts and vote, volunteer, and otherwise participate at much lower rates. Our nation is at great risk of disenfranchising and isolating a large segment of our population (traditionally the backbone of our society) if we do not act soon.

Please join the Case Foundation, PACE and the Charles F. Kettering Foundation for an enlightening and interactive discussion with the authors of recent groundbreaking studies on this critical topic.

When: Thursday, December 10, 2009 – Noon to 3:00 p.m. (Lunch will be served)

Where: The Case Foundation
1717 Rhode Island Avenue, Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20036

RSVP: RSVP@casefoundation.org by December 4. Space is limited, so please reply quickly. When replying please include the full name, title and organization of all those planning to attend.

The discussion will feature:

Organizers of focus groups of non-college youth: Peter Levine, Director, CIRCLE and Abby Kiesa, Youth Coordinator & Researcher, CIRCLE; and authors of “An Inequitable Invitation to Citizenship: Non-College-Bound Youth and Civic Engagement” (PDF): Jonathan Zaff, Vice President of Research, America’s Promise Alliance and senior fellow, Tisch College; James Youniss, the James and Wylma R. Curtin Professor of Psychology, Catholic University of America; and Cynthia Gibson, principal of Cynthesis Consulting and former program officer at the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Please remember to RSVP by December 4: RSVP@casefoundation.org