Youth empowerment is a process where young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They do this by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes. Youth empowerment aims to improve quality of life. Youth empowerment is achieved through participation in youth empowerment programs.

At the core of youth empowerment is the belief that young people are capable of incredible things. When young people have exposure to inspiring ideas and opportunities and the tools to build their confidence – they can take on anything and everything.

An empowered young person recognizes their capabilities, self-determination and worth. They feel comfortable trying new things. They have the confidence to take risks and are aware that failure is a step toward progress, not a sign to give up. They don’t use the opinions of others as their guideposts in life. They stand up for their values.

Strengthening the importance of the empowerment of young people as active citizens so that they can bring democracy alive, in particular at local level, in a highly polarized context where democratic values are disputed through social media networks with disinformation and hate speech, frequently leading to hate-crime, the undermining of democracy and breaking social cohesion. All around the world, the young are striving to be heard as citizens and are pushing for democracy, a universal aspiration that ensures decent living conditions and dignity for all.

Political participation of young people

  • The political participation of young people is one of the most important factors in politics. If they participate, then politicians will be influenced to act on important issues.
  • Young people should not be discouraged from voting because their participation in politics has a significant impact on the future of our country. Vote early; vote often!
  • Young people need to be taking a more active role in politics.
  • Political participation of young people is essential because it helps shape the future.
  • There’s no better way to change the world than to make your voice heard. Use your political rights and participate in elections! Use your political rights and participate in elections!

Youth Political Participation in Local Governments

  • Youth participation in local governance is essential to the future of democracy.
  • Youth participation in local governments is a factor that affects the performance of local governments.
  • Youth political participation in local government is meaningful because it empowers the younger generation to make decisions directly. In addition, this will set the foundation for their future by learning about politics and civic engagement at a young age.
  • Youth are often discouraged from participating in government because of the political process.
  • Youth political participation is essential for many reasons. First, it allows youth to put their voice into the local governments they live in and be heard by those who control them and other decision-makers within their community.