Manifesto - Democracy and Youth Engagement

YMCA is committed to young people’s access and participation in democratic life and civil society.

The young people that interact with our services or receive intensive support from us are passionate, articulate and active within their communities. As such YMCA remains a long standing partner in the Votes at 16 Coalition and continues to advocate for young people both voting in elections from this age and standing as candidates.


  • The Government legislates that the voting and candidate age for all elections is lowered to sixteen.