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Raising Young Voices

Our Story

We want to make young people part of the political process - to make sure they get to shape their future and the Wales they want to live in.

The aim is to get young people in Wales talking about politics and how it affects their lives and the things they care about. 

In May 2022, 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in the Local Elections in Wales for the first time. We want to make sure young people know they have the right and the power to demand the future they want at the ballot box. 

Who’s behind it?

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales are leading the project, having received a grant from the UK Democracy Fund.

Partners include Swansea MAD who are working with young people to create and share content and encourage informal education and interesting conversations about things that young people want to talk about. 

The digital campaign is being developed by Blue Stag, and Deryn are providing advice on elections and campaigning

“Swansea MAD are really excited to be part of the Raise Your Voice campaign. Votes at 16 is a huge milestone for young people and democracy in Wales, but we know it's not the end of journey. Young people have ideas on how democracy should be made more inclusive, accessible and representative and we hope that the Raise Your Voice campaign will provide a platform and momentum to help make those ideas a reality.” Rachel Benson - Swansea MAD
“For the first time ever young people aged 16 and 17 will have a say in their own futures. Raise Your Voice provides a platform to enable young people to share content and learn about issues affecting their lives. ” Grant Poiner - Boys and girls club
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