Engaging Youth In Politics Because Apathy is Boring
As a part of our Revision to Resist Blog Series, we asked Apathy is Boring Programs Manager Stephanie Jeremie’s opinion on women and youth’s involvement in politics.
More about Stephanie:
During her undergraduate studies at Concordia University, Stephanie was able to experience some life altering internships with Equitas in Montreal, UN Women in New York and the YMCA in Quito, Ecuador. Although, she is still passionate about international cooperation; she is happy to have found a home with AisB where she can pursue her other passions in life including civic engagement and community building. She can finally be a nerd here and is loving it! Check out the rest of the Montreal Apathy is Boring team here.
More about Apathy is Boring:
A Canada where every young Canadian is an active and creative citizen, and youth are meaningfully engaged in all aspects of the democratic process.
Apathy is Boring is a non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy, with the aim of increasing youth voter turnout, increasing youth engagement in the democratic process, and building a sustainable dialogue between youth and decision makers. Learn more about Apathy is Boring and their programming here.
Here is what Stephanie had to say:
IMAGO: How has being a woman influenced your involvement in politics?
Stephanie: Although I am not directly involved in politics, I think not seeing enough representation of women of various lived experiences has challenged me to learn more about our democratic process and mostly, to encourage young people to get involved in their communities and respective governments from a young age.
IMAGO: How does Apathy is Boring contribute to change in the Canadian political landscape?
Stephanie: Being a youth-led non partisan national organization, Apathy is Boring encourages youth to get involved and create change in their communities. We hope that by providing timely and relevant information to encourage young people to become decision-makers and to get involved, we are impacting the political landscape to be reflective of youth voices while addressing concerns and issues relevant to our peers across Canada.
IMAGO: Why is mentorship important to young women’s development as young, politically engaged citizens?
Stephanie: I would argue that mentorship is important because the political process can be quite daunting and intimidating for someone who isn’t involved. By recognizing or seeing parts of her lived experience in a mentor, she will be more inclined to not only get involved, but understand further as to why her involvement is critical to a healthy democracy.
IMAGO: Why is it important for young people to be involved in political discourse and action?
Stephanie: I think many young people are creative and open to change. Our approach to long-standing problems from different lived experiences often results in more action based proposed solutions. For this reason, I would argue it is imperative for young people to be involved in political discourse and action.