Youth Engagement in Politics

Youth Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK

You are invited to attend  important youth event on the topic of:

‘Youth Engagement in Politics’

At the House of Lords

On Tuesday the 14th of October at 6.00 PM

The event is kindly hosted by Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma 

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We would like to invite you to an inspiring occasion to recognise the idealism of young adults to make a difference and improve the world around them. There has been considerable concern expressed about the low levels of voter participation for the 18 to 24 year old demographic in the UK. This has been challenged by the high levels of activity of 16 and 17 year olds in the Scottish referendum. The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK is very interested in engaging young people to work to improve our society.  On July 1st twelve young people were presented with Youth Achievement Awards. A few of these young people were involved in the Youth Parliament in their region and others were involved in campaigning for youth issues.

The theme of this year’s Parliament week, on November 14th – 20th, is ‘Youth Engagement in Politics’. We thought it a good idea to organize a pre-Parliament week event on the 14th of the October where a few parliamentarians will explain how they became involved in politics and some of the lessons they have learned. They will also speak about the opportunities they have had of doing good through politics. We have also invited three young adults from among the awardees who will speak about their motivation to be involved in politics.

We hope to inspire young people to get involved in political activity. It is very important for young people to have support when they are first starting out, and particularly when they come across various different problems.

Format:

We will have 2-3 young adult speakers elaborating on the topic as well as 2-3 Parliamentarians to share about their own early political experiences.

Speakers include:

  • Matteo Bergamini: CEO and founder of Shout Out UK- youth oriented news magazine.
  • Gisela Stuart MP: Member of Parliament, UK
  • Naiha Masih: involved in campaigning for youth issues and a Youth Parliament representative.
  • Rt. Hon. Simon Hughes MP:  invited
  • Amira El Houderi: Youth UPF Project Manager
  • Nicola Blackwood MP: tbc

After brief contributions from members of the panel there will be an open discussion. Four young adults will be chosen randomly to speak about an aspect of Youth Engagement in Politics.

All are welcome but kindly RSVP to pa@uk.upf.org to attend this event. We look forward to meeting you on October 14th.

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