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SXSW 2019

Youth for Democracy Meet Up

In a world where exclusion, confrontation and powerlessness feel ubiquitous, political participation is more important than ever. Especially young people face an increasingly uncertain future – shaped by others who won’t be nearly as affected by it. Studies show that awareness for the importance of democracy is declining in younger generations. At the same time, there are numerous student-led initiatives that create high visibility and momentum for their concerns. How do these aspects relate to each other? What motivates young people to engage in politics – and how can we support and amplify their participation? Our Meet Up is a space for political activists, educators and interested parties of all backgrounds who care about young people’s role in democracy to share ideas and experiences.

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  1. Why is awareness for the importance of democracy declining in younger generations, while student initiatives create high momentum for their concerns?
  2. What motivates young people to engage in politics?
  3. How can we support and amplify their participation?

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Nicole Beholz, Co-Founder & Board Member, Save Democracy e.V.

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Meet Up
  • Track: Cities, Government & Politics
  • Level: Beginner
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