Posted: 14 June 2017

The youthquake and beyond

'Well done you young people. Looks like it was you all who swung it’ - My dad’s email to me on the morning after the election.

And it wasn’t just my dad putting the shock election result down to an increased turnout from young people. Across the media, people were speculating about the role that ‘the surge’ of 18-25 year old voters played.

The surge of youth engagement

Reports are saying that up to 72% of young people voted last Thursday, compared to 43% in 2015. While no official data exists for the scale of the youth vote, it’s clear that more young people have engaged in this election, and that’s really positive.

newspaper clippings

How the newspapers reported on 'youthquake'

Getting young people involved

Ahead of the election, we were keen to make sure that young people engaged in the election and had the tools they needed to register and make an informed choice.

We weren’t encouraging young people to vote for a specific candidate or party, but we did want to make sure that issues affecting young people were on the agenda. 

In the weeks leading up to polling day we produced a guide for young people we work with and shared information on social media.  Whilst we can’t take credit for the huge surge in young people voting - I think that had more to do with Brexit, the candidates, their policies and maybe some grime artists - the ‘youthquake’ was phenomenal to watch.

 

 

What next?

The next step is to mobilise this political passion beyond the ballot box - and this is where you come in.

Whatever your age, or whichever way you voted, you could become a Campaign Champion.

Our Campaign Champions meet with their local politicians and grow support for campaigns in their area.  It won’t take up much of your time, but it’s a great way to make a real difference for children and young people across the country.

BECOME A CAMPAIGN CHAMPION

‘I felt empowered by like minded people to make our feelings known' -  Campaign Champion

Over the next year, we’ll be campaigning on a range of issues to protect children and young people. Right now we are calling on the Government to:

  • Create a breathing space for families and young people in debt
  • Introduce counsellors in all schools and colleges
  • Protect children’s rights during Brexit negotiations.

With your help, we can continue to ensure young people’s voices are heard in 2017 and beyond. Join us today.

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