#YouthCount – Democratic Literacy Kit
This year, an increasing number of young people have asked the Office of Public Engagement for support in engaging with their provincial and federal democracies. With both elections on the horizon, they are seeking resources on how our governments work, how MPs and MHAs are elected, and how to start conversations with their representatives about what matters to them.
Elections Canada data demonstrates that only 27 per cent of males and 32 per cent of females aged 18-24 in our province made it to the polls in the 2011 Federal Election , giving Newfoundland and Labrador a youth voter turnout of approximately 29.5 per cent.
While democratic engagement is not exclusively about voting, these figures provide us with a reason to start demystifying our systems of democracy, and to provide more resources to the youth of our province to engage with their democratic systems.
This kit is intended to provide youth, community organizations, and educational institutions with the resources to kick start that engagement. In it, you will find templates for workshops and panels, as well as handouts that are great for the classroom or a booth.
When you use a resource, we would like to know! Use the hashtag #YouthCount to post promotions, quotes, and photos of the resources you use on social media so we can track the great work that is being done across the province.
Materials have been designed with youth 17-24 in mind, but you know your audience best. If you would like support in adapting any resource to suit the needs of your audience, be in touch!
* Following the 2015 Federal Election, some resources in this kit will be out of date. Specifically the distribution of Members of Parliament, and the stats and contact information in section 6. This kit will be updated following the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial General Election in November.