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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 with our award
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.

The current (2005) website can be found at
Archive of the Youth Voice website, as it was in 2002.

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