Elections Alberta: Creating Sustainable Dialogue Around Elections
Apathy is Boring and Elections Alberta have partnered for a four-year project to encourage youth to vote by conducting peer-to-peer outreach, providing young voters with elections information, developing resources with non-profit partners in both Edmonton and Calgary, and rallying the nonprofit sector around youth electoral engagement.
What we’re doing in 2018...
In 2018, we will build a creative registration drive and work alongside community organizations, community initiatives and student councils in universities to encourage young eligible voters to register to vote. We want to use this opportunity to educate youth on the importance of using their democratic voice to impact provincial decisions and we strongly believe that the best way to support positive voting behaviour is to meet with youth where they are. Stay tuned for events in a city near you.
What we did in 2017...
For the first half of this past year, we continued to build on the connections we made last year and to develop new relationships. Through outreach initiatives, we were able to conduct 20 workshops across Alberta in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, and Fort McMurray. In line with our for youth by youth mission, we hired two young Albertans, Andrew Ng and Jonathan Spaner who were trained to conduct workshops in their respective cities, Calgary and Edmonton, and others.
Thank you to: YMCA Northern Alberta, YMCA Grande Prairie, YMCA Fort McMurray, YMCA Calgary, Centre for Newcomers, Youth Central, Pathways Community Services, Haitian Association of Calgary, Welcome Centre Immigrant Services, Boys Club Girls Club Calgary (Bowness and Keystone), SCERDO, YESS, IFSSA’s Green Room, Alberta Native Friendship Centres, OSYS, IVC Strathcona, Elk Islands Public Schools, NAFC Red Deer, and Action for Healthy Communities for receiving and sharing your space with us. We had a great time engaging with youth in your networks and communities and look forward to continuing our partnership. A big thank you to all the other organizations we connected with in the past year for sharing your networks with. We look forward to collaborating with you all very soon! And of course, a big thank you to our funder Elections Alberta for supporting this initiative.
If your organization is interested in hosting a civic engagement workshop, please contact our Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be sharing a care package that includes different resources on getting involved in your communities through voting. Stay tuned for more!
What we did in 2016...
Throughout 2016 we have been working with community partners across the province to create an Election Readiness Toolkit. Youth voter rates went up almost 20% in the last federal election, and we want to build on that momentum and see that upward trend reflected in future provincial elections. We have an opportunity to continue the conversation about voting and civic engagement in between provincial elections. Check out the tools below!
STEP 1: If you're a community organization download the manual now. This manual has been developed to help community organizations support youth engagement when an election is called. In it, you'll find community engagement tips, case studies and other useful information.
STEP 2: Play the game! We've created a Day in the Life Quiz (very buzzfeed of us) that draws a link between your everyday life and government. Understanding how each level of government affects day-to-day life is essential. Click on the image directly or download the powerpoint here if you're using this in a workshop environment.
STEP 3: Watch the video! This video shows you how the things you care about are related to voting and to policies that affect you.
Special thanks to the 16 organizations that we interviewed and the youth focus group that gave us valuable feedback on these tools.
Calgary Public Library, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, Youth Central, Communitywise Resource Centre, Old Strathcona Youth Society, Beltline Youth Centre, iHuman, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, YMCA Calgary, Centre for Newcomers, Pride Centre of Edmonton, Next Up, Peer Mediation and Skills Training, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, Edmonton Youth Council, Next Gen
What we did in 2015...
In year one, we conducted a Get Out the Vote Campaign with the help of our incredible Street Team volunteers. Here are a few campaign highlights:
91 900+ users reached over Twitter in 7 weeks;
600 face-to-face conversations with youth across Alberta about where, when & how to vote;
300 hard-copy election information tools distributed;
5 100+ views of our online voting resources.
This project is made possible by the support of:
Thank you to our partners & supporters of 2015: