The Young Scot card uses the latest technology to increase young people's access to the democratic process on local and national levels. For example, every two years we team up with our friends at the Scottish Youth Parliament
to support its election and develop young people's interest and understanding of the political system in Scotland. Using their cards young people could log on to the Young Scot website, select their local page, read and listen to manifestos, then cast their e-vote for their favoured candidate. In total 35,905 voters used the e-Voting “polling station.”
In 2012, in partnership with Shetland Youth Services, we offered young people the unique opportunity to use their Young Scot NEC to directly influence how £8,000 from the ‘YouChoose – Voice Your Choice’ project would be spent, in order to benefit local youth services. To ensure that the project was accessible and inclusive to all young people, those that didn’t own a card were offered a temporary card number, ensuring that all local young people had the opportunity to engage with local issues and shape services that reflect their needs.
If you'd like to know more about the Young Scot card please contact us.