IPPR-Guardian Public Involvement Awards, 4th December 2002
Highland Youth Voice were short-listed in the IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research) and the Guardian's Public Involvement Awards. We were short-listed in the e-involvement category in recognition of the central role of the Highland Youth Voice website in involving young people.
The team in London : Illya, Amy and Judith, Youth Voice members, Veronica McKay and Councillor Margaret Davidson, from Highland Council and Ella Smith from ITC, with our award.
A team went down to London to attend the award ceremony and find out if we'd won. Our category was won by a project from Mencap - Trans-Active. Still, we did well to become runners-up in this prestigious award. See the story in the Guardian.
ITC have been working closely with Highland Youth Voice on their website for over 2 years now. The current version was launched by Charles Kennedy, MP, in March last year and in October many of the new Youth Voice members were elected using the e-voting system in the Elections Section. The website is a crucial part of Highland Youth Voice's work in giving young people in the Highland region of Scotland a say in issues that affect them - extending this deliberation to 16,000 young people dispersed across 10,000 square km. The e-voting system proved to be a convenient and fun way of electing representatives, giving an early and positive experience of democracy.