This programme is no longer running.
In the lead up to the UK general election, the Cabinet Office funded UK Youth to help increase political engagement of young people.
UK Youth developed Youth Count! The Democracy Challenge Toolkit, a resource for youth workers and young peer educators. Youth Count features a programme of imaginative activities to engage young people in discussions about democracy, registering to vote and their role as active citizens. Youth Voice (UK Youth’s young steering group) were integral to developing the content and design for this resource.
The Youth Count toolkit was promoted throughout UK Youth’s network from September 2014, and by the end of the year 324 workers had registered to use the toolkit.
"I felt that the range of activities in the Democracy Challenge helped me to understand how our country is run and appreciate why it's important to vote! It was engaging, fun and different to what I have found in the classroom. I even encouraged my friends to register to vote too!"
"I usually wasn't that interested in politics... however, I must say that explaining politics to others was a lot more enjoyable than I had anticipated and I feel I have actually learnt a great deal about politics and my capabilities in general"
Building on the success of the toolkit, UK Youth delivered Youth Count as a Peer Education Democracy Project throughout 2015 with continuation funding provided by the Cabinet Office. As well as receiving a copy of the Youth Count resource, youth leaders received free induction training before recruiting their young people as Democracy Champions. These Champions were supported to disseminate their learning through peer education.
By March 2015, 33 youth workers had taken part in Youth Count training and 215 Democracy Champions had delivered Peer Education to 6, 042 young people, with 282 of these registering to vote before the 2015 General Election!