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Voting important for youth

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in

The most boring thing about politics is not caring about them at all. That’s the message being pushed through the Information and Volunteer Centre (IVC) of Strathcona County to teach youth about the “power of democracy.”

The youth workshop on democracy and civic engagement will be led by the Montreal-based group, Apathy is Boring. A national, non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy, Apathy is Boring promotes civic engagement through a platform designed for youth, by youth.

“A key driver in our decision to host this workshop is the fact that the group really focuses on explaining to youth the deep connections between all three levels of government — local, provincial and federal — while, at the same time, creating space for youth to explore and come to understand their potential impact on decision makers at each of these levels,” said Klay Dyer, Executive Director of IVC. “Given that we are in an election year, it is a perfect time to encourage our young people to think about themselves as impactful decision makers.”

The event falls at the perfect time to promote votership, according to Dyer, as the next municipal election takes place in October. “The civic engagement workshop is not just about learning, but actively participating in your community through voting to bring change to the issues youth care about,” said Stephanie Jeremie, Apathy is Boring’s youth friendly program coordinator.

“Youth voices count, youth votes count. So we explore and discuss different ways in which youth can have an impact on their community.”
The democracy-encouraging session will take place on Friday, March 24 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Strathcona County Community Centre.

For more information or to register, contact Le-Ann Ewaskiw at 780-464-4242 or e-mail le-ann@ivcstrathcona.org. More information about Apathy is Boring is available online at apathyisboring.com.

Appeared originally in The Sherwood Park News on Tuesday, February 28