Electoral Commission – Youth Engagement Panel
This year we established a new relationship with the Electoral Commission. This enabled us to set up a Youth Panel made up of 14 young people aged between 14 – 18 from across NI.
The group worked together to create awareness and a deeper understanding of the Electoral Commission’s role, about voting and democracy. They also created a resource for other young people to teach them more about democracy and politics.
This programme has been a huge success, young people have fed back that they have; increased political awareness and education, and developed more understanding of different community backgrounds NI political structures.
We look forward to the potential of continuing this work; especially given that young people have told us that they are keen to look closer at issues including lowering the voting age to 16.
To get involved please contact Lauren McAreavey Lauren.McAreavey@niyf.org