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Campaign to Lower Voting Age to 16 in Local Races Ignites a Debate

Campaign to Lower Voting Age to 16 in Local Races Ignites a Debate | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Turning 16, for many teenagers, means finally driving a car without supervision or starting the college search. Now, a new campaign is hoping to add the ability to vote in local elections to the milestones of that age.

 

The campaign, called Vote16USA, which will be announced on Wednesday, aims to lower the voting age to 16 from 18 to spur civic engagement by younger Americans. But the push, by a nonpartisan group based in New York called Generation Citizen, which seeks to promote youth participation in politics, is igniting a debate about voter competency, adolescent decision making and whether allowing younger people to vote is the best way to politically engage teenagers.

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Declaration gives youth voice in policy-making

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New Zealand Youth Minister Nikki Kaye was pleased to address the opening of the four-day UN Youth Declaration in Auckland today.

 

“This is a great opportunity for young people to have a say on matters that are important to them, and for their voice to be heard,” says Ms Kaye.

 

Over the four days, participants take part in workshops and debates covering a range of public policy areas, from education and the environment to foreign affairs, law and order and social development.

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Qatar Challenges Global Youth to Help United Nations Fight Crime

"DOHA, Qatar, April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The State of Qatar took an unprecedented step to involve the youth in the global fight against crime by hosting the First Doha Youth Forum on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice from 7 to 9 April 2015."

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4 ways #globaldev implementers can engage youth in civic activity

4 ways #globaldev implementers can engage youth in civic activity | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
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How can development professionals working with young people make sure that young people’s voices are heard in their communities, particularly in poor or violent societies?

 

According to Matt Streng, senior adviser for youth development at Mercy Corps, “What’s not obvious, and what needs to happen, is that we — as an international organization — and our peer agencies need to work more on how to create the demand at higher levels for meaningful youth participation.”

 

Streng suggested the global development community needs to move away from the “supply side” and create demand for young people by engaging leaders at multiple levels.

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Participation of youth delegates in Congress of Local and Regional Authorities activities

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe will hold its 28th Session from 24 to 26 March 2015. On this occasion, it will welcome 15 youth delegates between the ages of 16 and 30, who will be invited to sit alongside the Congress members and take part in all the debates and meetings.

 

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Learning connected civics: Narratives, practices, infrastructures

Learning connected civics: Narratives, practices, infrastructures | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
AbstractBringing together popular culture studies and sociocultural learning theory, in this paper we formulate the concept of “connected civics,” grounded in the idea that young people today are engaging in new forms of politics that are profoundly participatory. Often working in collaboration with adult allies, they leverage digital media and emerging modes of connectivity to achieve voice and influence in public spheres. The rise of participatory politics provides new opportunities to support connected civics, which is socially engaged and embedded in young people's personal interests, affinities, and identities. We posit three supports that build consequential connections between young people's cultural affinities, their agency in the social world, and their civic engagement: 1. By constructing hybrid narratives, young people mine the cultural contexts they are embedded in and identify with for civic and political themes relevant to issues of public concern. 2. Through shared civic practices, members of affinity networks lower barriers to entry and multiply opportunities for young people to engage in civic and political action. 3. By developing cross-cutting infrastructure, young people–often with adults–institutionalize their efforts in ways that make a loosely affiliated network into something that is socially organized and self-sustaining. Drawing from a corpus of interviews and case studies of youth affinity networks at various sites across the US, this paper recasts the relationship between connected learning, cultural production, and participatory politics.

 

(2015). Learning connected civics: Narratives, practices, infrastructures. Curriculum Inquiry: Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 10-29.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Youth Participation in Development: Southeast Asia experience and Thailand perspective

Youth Participation in Development: Southeast Asia experience and Thailand perspective | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Abstract: In the development studies field, participatory approach becomes dominant as it is the key to the effective development. The past development schemes especially in developing countries had caused dependency, conflict, and depletion in the society because the top-down, centralized, inefficient management of development policy. Beneficiaries are affected by corruption and misallocation of resources. As ASEAN is becoming more economically integrated in 2015, there will be a massive domestic development in many countries in order to maintain competitiveness and facilitate foreign direct investment. To sustain the development and mitigate its negative impact, participation of every stakeholder is required. This paper will assess how young people can maximize their capacity and contribute to the national and regional change.

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Students in Maryland Test Civic Participation and Win Right to Vote

Students in Maryland Test Civic Participation and Win Right to Vote | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Sarah Leonard, 15, joined a group of local teenagers here recently as they lobbied the City Council to grant them more power. Wearing a black “I am Hyattsville” T-shirt, she stood in front of a standing-room-only crowd, sounding confident as she addressed the lawmakers.

 

“Hyattsville should lower the voting age to 16 so that more young people can get started being active in their communities, which will continue with them their entire lives,” Ms. Leonard said in her public remarks. “When the number of voters increases, then the city government is bound to be better represented and backed up by more support.

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International Youth Conference Azad Kashmir 2015

International Youth Conference Azad Kashmir 2015 | Youth Participation | Scoop.it
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The Kashmir Youth Parliament will sponsor an International Youth Conference in May. IYC2015 aims to explore how young people around the world can collaborate to achieve the common goals of progress and development. Participants will develop the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on their communities.

 

This conference brings together youth leaders and activists from all over the world to learn about youth rights and responsibilities, and to provide them with opportunities to strengthen their leadership and diplomatic skills. Our goal is to empower youth by providing the tools and knowledge that will help them develop into future leaders who will instigate positive change in our world, to start a dialogue on global challenges and their solutions, and to inspire, equip and connect youth to make a difference on the following leading topics:

Rights and responsibilities of youth as global citizensYouth participation in democracyCross cultural harmony and Peace development

 

25 May - 30 May, 2015, Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan

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Youth engagement recommendations offered to the Global Partnership for Education

Youth engagement recommendations offered to the Global Partnership for Education | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Frits Brouwer, a Dutch youth representative to UNESCO's Global Partnership for Education, offered a set of recommendations for youth engagement to the GPE's board of directors on December 16, 2014. The eleven recommendations include mapping all youth organizations working on education, a white paper on youth engagement in developing nations, consultations with youth and a youth advisory board for the GPE.

 

Note: The introduction is in Dutch but the recommendations are in English.

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Article 11: Youth Participation

Video on Article 11 of the "African Youth Charter" developed in partnership by UNESCO and the African Union. You have the right to be informed of your rights...
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Report: Exploring Online Democratic Platforms for Young People to Effect Positive Change

Report: Exploring Online Democratic Platforms for Young People to Effect Positive Change | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Since late 2013, we’ve been supporting a collaborative project between Purpose and UpRising - Online Democratic Platforms for Young People - through our Destination Local programme. As the project comes to a conclusion, Purpose has produced a final report Exploring Online Democratic Platforms for Young People to Effect Change, which imparts key insights and recommendations for local decision makers, and other stakeholders, to help them engage with young people and increase youth participation in local issues.

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"SPEAK! LISTEN!" A Training Course to strengthen Youth Participation in Decision-Making

"SPEAK! LISTEN!" A Training Course to strengthen Youth Participation in Decision-Making | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

“SPEAK! LISTEN! A Training Course to strengthen Youth Participation in Decision-Making is a 5 full days training course, where participants will experience an intense learning process that will develop their competences to better understand the concept of youth participation and use it in their work with young people, while gaining new tools and methods for working together with public authorities.

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Students get piece of the action after seeking a say in budget

Students get piece of the action after seeking a say in budget | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Last fall, high school sophomores Stephanie Perez and Ismael Mauricio joined a contingent of students at a State Board of Education meeting demanding that students get a say in how school districts spend money.

 

The state board listened; its regulations for the new school funding formula now require districts to explicitly consult students before they write their annual spending plans under the Local Control Funding Formula.

 

Perez’s and Mauricio’s principal at Overfelt High School in San Jose listened, too, in a way that surprised them. Vito Chiala turned over $50,000 of the school’s discretionary funding to students to spend however they chose.

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Youth Participation on Community Boards Boot Camp

Youth Participation on Community Boards Boot Camp | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the Coalition for Youth Engagement invite young people ages 16-25 and those who work with youth (including educators, youth workers, and community board representatives) to a workshop exploring the structures and important roles of NYC community boards, and the opportunities for young people to engage in this civic leadership opportunity.

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Civics program helps students find their democratic voice

Civics program helps students find their democratic voice | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Transit planner Stephen Newhouse didn’t know what to expect when he was asked to evaluate a high school student project on transit options in a neighboring county.

 

What Newhouse found when he stepped into Richmond City Hall that day was a transit planner’s nirvana.

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Latvian minister: Greater youth participation “beneficial” for all

Latvian minister: Greater youth participation “beneficial” for all | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Enhanced political participation of young people will be beneficial both for society and decision makers, said Latvia's Minister for Education and Science Mārīte Seile, in an interview with EurActiv.

Seile spoke to Sarantis Michalopoulos at the EU Youth Conference, Empowering Youth Political Participation, in Riga.

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Japan's Youth Stand to Gain Stronger Voice

Japan's Youth Stand to Gain Stronger Voice | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

In the coming days, Japan’s parliament will consider a bill—endorsed across party lines and widely expected to pass—to give 18-year-olds the right to vote.

 

By itself, the move would add about 2%, or 2.4 million potential voters, to an electorate of 104 million. But it is a first stab at remedying a perception that the world’s fastest-aging nation has left the country’s young on the political sidelines.

 

A quarter of Japanese are older than 65—from just a 10th in 1985. That has created a political landscape where lawmakers court older voters with, for example, pledges to maintain generous pension payments. Often relegated to the back burner are issues important to future generations, such as job security and the salaries of temporary workers.

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Youth participation key to good decision making

Youth participation key to good decision making | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

Youth development organisation Youthline says it is a priority for communities to facilitate meaningful youth participation.

 

This was one of the driving forces behind a meeting of Youthline’s National Youth Advisory Group, recently renamed the National Youth Collective, (NYC) last month.

 

Youthline Auckland facilitates five YAGs and supports 35 Youth Health Councils (YHC) across the Auckland Region These groups are held in partnership with several organisations, including the Waitemata District Health Board, Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB), the CMDHB Alternative Education YAG, the Auckland Central YAG and the National YAG, or NYC with Youth Health Councils in secondary schools taking on projects to improve the wellbeing of their peers within a school setting.

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To Build Better Youth Policies, Listen to Young People - International Women's Health Coalition

To Build Better Youth Policies, Listen to Young People - International Women's Health Coalition | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

In his official address commemorating International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called youth a “transformative force,” adding: “Young men and women are not passive beneficiaries, but equal and effective partners. Their aspirations extend far beyond jobs; youth also want a seat at the table — a real voice in shaping the policies that shape their lives. We need to listen to and engage with young people. We need to establish more and stronger mechanisms for youth participation. The time has come to integrate youth voices more meaningfully into decision-making processes at all levels.”

 

Indeed, youth participation is now widely recognized as a fundamental human right. At the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, governments acknowledged that young people ages 10-24 have special needs for sexual and reproductive health information and services, and that their involvement and participation in designing and implementing programs that meet these needs will be critical to international development.

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David Cameron backs Commons vote on expanding ballot to 16- and 17-year olds

David Cameron backs Commons vote on expanding ballot to 16- and 17-year olds | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

David Cameron has indicated 16- and 17-year olds may be allowed to vote in the next election after saying he is happy for MPs to vote on the matter.

 

The Prime Minister said expanding the ballot for last year's Scottish independence referendum boosted youth engagement with politics.

 

He added that while currently opposing lowering the voting age from 18 he remained open-minded and was "very happy" to hear both sides of the debate.

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Students should help shape Ky. educational policy

Several weeks ago, members of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team called for students to be included in the search for Fayette County's next superintendent.

 

The screening committee, charged with leading this search, is mandated by law to include two teachers, one board of education member, one principal, one parent and one classified employee.

 

Though KRS 160.352 also makes special provisions for minority representation, the law falls short in ensuring representation by the system's stakeholders-in-chief: its students.


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Strengthening Participation by Young Migrants

This chapter highlights the imperatives and challenges of supporting young migrants’ participation in the life and decision-making of the communities where they live andin the policies that affect them. It discusses concepts and definitions of participation, elaborates on conditions and challenges impeding migrant youth participation, highlights principles and guidelines to facilitate strengthening participation by migrant youth and provides examples of young migrants’ participation in policy-making processes. The chapter concludes with recommendations for policymakers in origination and destination communities and countries.
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The Asker Conference: Charting a New Path for Youth Participation

The Asker Conference: Charting a New Path for Youth Participation | Youth Participation | Scoop.it

I am sure many of us are tired of hearing the old, worn out platitudes about the great potential of youth as drivers of development, as much needed reformers for change and justice.  Yes, we have heard policymakers and people in power make these claims over and over again for a very long time.  This overabundance of youth-related talk was only exacerbated by the fact that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon made youth a top priority in his five year action agenda.  Now, as time passes and little in terms of constructive change in the realm of youth development and participation has actually occurred, there at least are some in the UN System and in government who are eager to set a new course.  This was proven quite recently when UN-HABITAT brought together a number of relevant parties during the Asker Conference on Youth and Governance in Asker, Norway.

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Sinn Féin youth engagement and leadership workshop

Sinn Fein's Spokesperson on Youth Affairs, Senator Kathryn Reilly, opened a Youth engagement and leadership workshop for the party's youngest elected representatives in Filmbase Studios...
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