The British Youth Council is campaigning to encourage young people to join the debate, register to vote and turn-out in large numbers for the EU Referendum on 23rd June because “It’s our future too!”. But it calls on the campaigners (in or out) to do more to inspire and inform young voters.
Jon Foster, Chair, British Youth Council said: “The European Union affects all of our lives and love it or hate it you’ve gotta get involved. It’s our future too so let’s get registered, research the issues and turn out on June 23rd!”
As part of the campaign we have launched two opportunities which we are asking young people to engage in to help boost young voter registration. We are calling on young people to sign up to become Democracy Champions – this is a commitment to register at least 50 young people to vote in the EU Referendum. All those who register with us will become British Youth Council Campaigners. Those who register 100 young people will become Democracy Champions. We have also called on young people to use social media to encourage their peers to register to vote. The Young Voters Video Challenge calls on young people to record and post a 45 second video explaining the importance of using their #votepower!
To ensure young voters are able to make an informed decision in the EU Referendum, we have partnered with Nottingham Trent University to create ME&EU. The online platform is a one-stop-shop to encourage young voters in the UK to engage in EU affairs by creating an understanding of how Europe influences their daily lives and by connecting them to other young people interested to talk and share ideas on the referendum.