Though the topic of youth civic involvement is increasingly popular in social science research, the question of why some youth are civically involved while others are not is not well understood. I discussed results of a qualitative interview study addressing the questions: What motivations do youth report for civic involvement? How might motivations differ across school contexts? Results reveal distinct types of motivations and variations of motivations across contexts. I discussed plans to translate these findings into a longitudinal survey study investigating motivations for youth civic involvement among diverse older adolescents.