Celebrating International Youth Day with an Engaging Twitter Chat

Publication Date: 
20 Aug 2015

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In celebration of International Youth Day on August 12, IFES hosted a Twitter chat focused on young peoples’ attitudes and perceptions of democracy, as well as youth contributions to their communities around the world. The conversation reached over 92,000 unique users and generated a dialogue about how youth can further promote democracy.

In celebration of International Youth Day on August 12, IFES hosted a Twitter chat focused on young peoples’ attitudes and perceptions of democracy, as well as youth contributions to their communities around the world. The conversation reached over 92,000 unique users and generated a dialogue about how youth can further promote democracy. A list of the moderators and discussion items are listed below.

Moderators

Questions and discussion topics

  • How do you define democracy?
  • Where does voting fit into the larger concept of democracy? Is it important to you to cast a ballot?
  • What role can social media play in promoting democracy? Are these tools helpful in communicating with young people?
  • What are some of the challenges youth face in terms of engaging in democracy? Are there specific challenges in voting?
  • How can current leaders motivate the next generation?
  • What are the most critical issues facing young people today?
  • How can young people engage with elected officials and hold them accountable?

What responsibility do young people have in helping their communities?

To catch up on the conversation and add your thoughts, please follow #IntlYD2015 and view our Storify feed.

Learn more about IFES' work on Youth Engagement.