This project aims to foster the interest of young people in local, national and European politics and encourage their active and informed participation. The idea is that more youth participation will increase the accountability of politicians to this group of voters. During the local elections in February-March 2019, 84 debates were organised in 57 municipalities (out of 60) with mayoral candidates. In total, over 12,000 people participated in the events and 260,000 people watched the debates on social media.
Network volunteers developed, maintained and updated a public online platform for direct communication between citizens and politicians, allowing anyone to put a question to the candidates. There were 1,400 questions put to politicians on the platform, which attracted 20,000 unique visitors. The young volunteers also conducted around 60 interactive educational activities to raise awareness amongst their peers regarding the importance of youth participation, as well as how to make an informed and well-founded decision. Launched in 2014, the initiative has evolved into a social movement, involving young people in political life who are now ‘ambassadors’ in their local communities.
Virginijus Sinkevicius, Union of Lithuanian Farmers and Greens
Judita Akromiene, Initiator
Ausrine Dirzinskaite, Guoda Vaitiekute, Coordinators
(Innovation in Politics Awards Finalist 2019)