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:
- 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
- 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
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?
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.
Create SurveyUK 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.