22x20 - Youth civic engagement

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

Our nonpartisan 22x20 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. For this, we have gathered and analyzed piles of data, relevant research and opinions, as well as consulted best writing services about the needs of youth in voicing and delivering their thoughts.

Who we are

22x20 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 22x20 approach


10-12 Youth Leaders with stipends will embed the 22x20 campaign locally by being hosted at a campaign partner organization. A regular feed of stories and media from youth leaders.


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


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 22x20 campaign aims to activate and facilitate youth voice and leadership in the democratic process.

22x20 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.


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, 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.