15 May 2014

In April UpRising launched its exciting new digital engagement programme for 17-20-year-olds across the country – My Voice, My Vote. Liverpool is one of six cities running the programme for National Citizen Service graduates, with the UpRising Liverpool team based here at FACT. It is a strongly-held belief that the political agenda underrepresents the issues young people care about, My Voice, My Vote will seek to address this significant concern.

Over the next 12 months in the build-up to the 2015 General Election, UpRising will work with a diverse range of young people who will be eligible to vote for the first time. Participants will develop skills essential to effective campaigning, and will attend leadership sessions delivered by Liverpool’s leaders in the private, public and third sectors.

Those on the programme will be placed in small groups where they will work together on a digital engagement campaign on a topic that matters to them, using digital media to make a change to their local community.

The internet is bursting with brilliant campaigns that make you stop and think as you scroll through your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram feeds (see the brilliant video below as an example), and young people on the My Voice, My Vote programme will try and develop their own inspiring messages about Liverpool communities.  

Young people from Liverpool and its surrounding areas will identify issues they are concerned about and use digital platforms to bring about change and social action. This could be through online petitioning with such popular sites as 38 Degrees and Change.org, through social media, or whatever digital means deemed necessary by young people on the programme.

It is really exciting for this project to be based at FACT, especially as an organisation with expertise in creative technology and a strong community and wellbeing focus. Both organisations are investigating ways in which they can work together over the next year.

UpRising Liverpool are on Twitter and Facebook.