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Democracy Café – Why is youth engagement in politics vital for democracy?

Young people! Have you ever realised the power of your vote? Your voice? Your activism? Your petition? Your social media post? Every single action counts and gets us all closer to a fairer and more inclusive democratic system for young people. Youth disengagement in politics keeps alarmingly increasing, but yet younger generations are the most impacted by policies not made to fit their needs. Letting someone else make the decisions on your behalf risks democracy and, let’s talk facts, your entire future. It does not take much to stand up and be counted!

Act for Change Together, in partnership with My Life My Say, brings an unmissable event to your screens!

About the speakers

About Rocío Cacho 

Rocío is a lifelong devotee of politics and social justice. Before working as the current Engagement Manager at My Life My Say, she worked for a social impact start-up empowering and upskilling refugees to erupt into the European tech sector. Her postgraduate program on International Security and Terrorism at the University of Nottingham triggered her enthusiasm for systemic change-making and the role of the youth in creating a fairer world for themselves. 

About Aleesha Khaliq

Aleesha is a journalist and communications expert. After working for CNN International, she became a columnist at Gal Dem sharing political pieces to amplify the voices of people of color, and also the Communications Manager at My Life My Say. She is also an online activist on Twitter expressing her discontent with institutional racism and sexism.

About Jovan Nepaul 

Jovan is a dedicated grassroots political campaigner studying his postgraduate program on History at the University of Cambridge. He is leading the Young Leaders Programme at My Life My Say, training and upskilling those for underrepresented communities to lead change at a local, regional and national level. He also organises Parliamentary campaigns for Labour Party candidates in the West Midlands. 

About Mete Coban

As CEO of My Life My Say, Mete is best known for contributing to the increase of turnout for young people at the 2017 and 2019 UK General Elections. The youngest ever elected Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney, he is currently serving the administration as the Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste and Transport. Previously, he worked on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s election campaign, leading on youth engagement. In 2020, he received an MBE for services to young people recognising his efforts to make politics more accessible for the younger generation. 


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July 29, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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