Voting made easy

A Peacemaking Project by Charlotte C.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Young people not having an active role in democracy. Every young person deserve a say in their future and be fully involved in the process no matter what background. With my project I want to break down some of the barriers that enable us as young people to engage in democracy. I hope to create a stronger understanding of democracy and empower young people to have a voice and a vote . I want to create a booklet breaking down the UK political party manifestos in a non political and jargon free way.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Young people not having an active role in democracy.
we will address The language barriers in democracy and party manifestos. Improve the lack of relationships with local councillors and MPs with young people.
by Making a booklet that is clear, jargon free and impartial. This booklet will include all the information needed to equip any voter to have an active role in democracy. Having an democracy workshop where young people will be on a panel and in charge of local councillors and MPs with question time.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • To encourage young people to have an active role in democracy and the information to do so

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Speak to as many young people as possible about what democracy means to them the negatives and positives

How will you show courage?

Being resilient working together to make a real difference

How will you collaborate with others?

I will work with the the different youth clubs in my area and connections through uk youth to gather views and hold meetings for brain storm sessions

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

How many young people show up to the event do surveys asking how they felt before the booklet to now after reading the booklet about democracy

Key Steps

  • Reach out to other young people to help with this project Read all party manifesto's Do my research Break down manifesto's rewrite so its clear and jargon free collect young people's views to create this democracy booklet Draft booklet and get young people's feedback Create final booklet Organise event to show case booklet and talk about democracy though workshops

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

That young people feel like their voices aren't being heard and havet got an equal opportunity to be heard. They feel left behind and have a lack of faith in democracy. It became clear that young people feel more empowered when campaigning or protesting. Lack of research done to break the barriers stopping young people from getting involved in this topic.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

It opened up communication about this specific topic and invited more discussions about democracy and what it means to us as individuals . It empowered young people to get involved and speak out about their views and give them the tools and knowledge to do so.

How many people were impacted by your project?

60

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

60 young people participated. 20 young people from uk youth under the age of 18 and 40 young people from the scouts organization mixed ages from 13-18. From the amount of booklets that reached the young people, the sessions that we ran, the feedback forms and surveys that were completed and submitted.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

We listened and learnt that it's not that young people don't want to learn about democracy, far from it, it's the mentality were they feel that they're forgotten and what's the point they don't think they can change things they only see that their future is being planned for them.we learnt the ever mounting frustration of the barriers that stop young people getting involved in democracy and how that affected the way they looked at the system. There is an enormous lack of trust.

What did your team learn?

See above, gathered views from sessions and feedback forms

What challenges did your team overcome?

At first it was hard to pick just one topic and we got too excited and over thought which didn't help as what we wanted to do was not realistic with the time and money we had so we cut our ideas down and focused on one topic.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

Workshops with other young people, brainstorming ideas and surveys. Haven't yet tried to expand to anywhere other than local scouts

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

Where not going to accomplish everything its the small steps that make a big difference, sometimes you need to bring your idea back to earth and focus on how to make that achievable but still have an impact.

Our Updates:

Create Survey

Charlotte C.
7 November 2018 10:10
UK youth voice helping create the survey that will help gather the views of young people, about their knowlegde of democracy and what they think should be included in this booket.
At UK youth annual meeting in liverpool we brainstormed in different groups to develop this project further.

Comments:

Adrian B.
8 March 2018 12:18
Hi Charlotte! Thanks so much for posting this project. This is a very important issue, and I'm glad you're bringing it up. Are there any young people 24 and under who are leading this project? Looking forward to hearing more! :) Adrian
 
Adrian B.
5 July 2018 13:31
Hi Charlotte!

I hope you're doing well! I wanted to drop by our (new!) project platform and check in about how your project is going--how are you doing with making a project plan? Let me know if you need any help!

I also wanted to let you know about a timeline we have for a UK-specific challenge that's coming up. We'd love to have you involved!

Completion of Understand Phase & Submit Compassionate Insights by 20th July
Submit Project Plan by 17th August
Submit Mini-Grant Application by 31st August
Submit Reflection by 31st October

Let me know if you'd like to know more about the challenge, and if there's anything we can do to help. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best,
Adrian
 
Bahare S.
30 July 2018 3:01
Hi Charlotte
You have a great idea. I think you can get help from people who are professional in the field of politics and democracy.
 
Meredith H.
7 August 2018 11:40
Hi Charlotte - This is such a great idea to solve a clear injustice. I hope your project is going well. Keep up the good work!

-Meredith
 
Adrian B.
15 August 2018 9:46
Hi Charlotte,

How's your project going? Let us know how we can support your work!

Warmly,
Adrian