Politics events held to combat the stereotype that young people are politically apathetic

The young people of Sheffield have been invited to talk about politics tomorrow night.

 The event is being organised by youth organisations “My Life My Say” and Bite the Ballot”  as part of their National Conversation Week and #turnup campaign.

The aim is to further engage young people in the decision making process and to help those who are still undecided on how to vote in the upcoming general election.

The social movement “My Life My Say” believe that young people are referred to as the apathetic generation which is less likely to vote.

University of Sheffield Student, Charlotte Holtham, 18, said: “I think the stereotype is quite accurate. If you are surrounded by people who don’t vote, you are less likely to vote yourself.”

Both social movements aim to challenge this stereotype and the event should bring together a diverse group of young people to spark debate on the current political climate.

A spokesperson for the ‘De Café’ campaign said: “The events are going really well so far. the event in London was amazing, and the turnouts been great. We’ve had about 30 people at each event on average.”

The idea is inspired by the traditional 1930’s ‘talking shop’ which saw people meeting to discuss current affairs in their local café.

The movement, which started off in a single school, has since grown massively and in 2015.

Bite the Ballot made history with the most successful registration drive (per capita) in any Western democracy with 441, 696 people registering to vote in a week of coordinated activity.

The event will take place at 5.15pm-7pm at Starbucks, Fargate.




Written by Holly Harper

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