Under 18 and already political role models

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Under 18 and already political role models

When we set out to highlight the unsung heroes of the political system—political citizens—we didn’t expect to be so impressed by the Everyday Political Citizens who can’t even vote yet!

We decided that, next to these guys, the adults didn’t have a chance, and so we gave them their own”under-18 category” in the contest to be the first EPCitizen of the Year.

So what are under-18s up to, to deserve such recognition?

Just look at Hannah Taylor of Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia (Manitoba) who at the age of eight—eight!—set up her own foundation to combat problems of homelessness in Winnipeg.

Nominee: Hannah Taylor
Riding: Charleswood—St. James—Assiniboia
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Or a group of high school kids in the Yukon who organized their own campaign to save their school gymnasium.

Nominees: Tristan Sparks, Pascale Halliday and Cayley Sparks
Riding: Yukon
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When we sat down with young people across Canada through our Democracy Talks program, we were told political role models were missing. We’re trying to fix this by highlighting young people like Hannah and the students in Whitehorse who are working with our political systems to make their communities a better place.

Help us today by nominating a young person in your community who strives to make a difference through politics.

More under-18 EPCitizens:

Mehma Kaur is a 16 year old volunteer extraordinaire.
Justice Betty loves politics and dreams of being Prime Minister one day.

Everyday Political Citizen Project

Do you know a young Canadian who works through political systems in an effort to make their community a better place? 
Tell us about them! 

We’re on the hunt for 308 inspiring people—at least one from each federal riding. 
Check out our interactive map today to see if your riding is represented.

More on our Blog

Guest blogger Brodie Conley wrote a great three-part series on the socialization of young Canadians into the political system.

Part 1: "
You Don't Have to be Big to be a Citizen": political citizenship in Canada

Part 2: 
Understanding Political Socialization: a daunting puzzle

Part 3: 
Youth as Political Citizens: looking forward

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