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11 February, 2004

Report urges better linking of young people and politics

Although much is already going on, more needs be done to help build more effective links between young people and politics, according to a new report from the Youth Voting Network (YVN).

'A young person’s agenda for democracy – one year on' presents the findings and recommendations of the Youth Voting Network's 2003 monitoring programme.

Among the concerns highlighted are inadequate resources for ensuring an effective delivery of citizenship education, and a lack of awareness among young people of the new participation rights that they have in schools.

Inspired by the 'Young Person's Agenda For Democracy' (a list of recommendations made by young people), the monitoring focussed on the activities of politicians, government, the Electoral Commission and the media at reconnecting young people with politics.

The Youth Voting Network is made up of UK organisations, including the Citizenship Foundation, that work in the field of democracy and participation, particularly among young people.

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