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Youth and Civic Engagement in the Americas. Preliminary Findings From a Three-City Study: Rio De Janeiro, Chicago, and Mexico City

Author
Irene Rizzini María de Los Angeles Torres Norma Alicia Del Río Lugo
Abstract

Abstract

This paper examines how civically engaged youth in three different cities and countries in the Americas became engaged in civic activity. The usual concern about youth is their lack of involvement. However, the authors have learned from their work in Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, and Mexico City that there are youth in each of these cities who care deeply about their communities and are active in diverse organizations and projects. This paper is part of a broader study that examines youth who are significantly engaged in civic activity. In this paper, the authors will focus particularly on the youths’ initial process of engagement and what motivated them to get involved.

Resumo

Este texto discute os processos de engajamento de jovens em três cidades de três países das Américas. É comum associar-se à juventude a falta de engajamento. Entretanto, a partir de suas pesquisas no Rio de Janeiro, Chicago e Cidade do México, as autoras se depararam com jovens profundamente preocupados e envolvidos com suas comunidades e ativos em diversas organizações e projetos. Este texto é parte de um estudo amplo que analisa vários outros aspectos do engajamento destes jovens, identificados como significativamente participativos. Neste artigo, as autoras focalizam as suas histórias de engajamento e os motivos que os levaram a se engajar.

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