Last week, the livesimply Youth Network has launched a very special website, “Why bother?”, which is packed with resources aimed at involving young people and Catholic young adults in the general election.
The resources encourage young people to engage with the political process, in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. They are particularly geared towards those who are able to vote in the upcoming election, but can fruitfully be used with younger teenagers to explore political engagement or to help increase the impact of under-18 youth elections.
The ‘Why Bother?’ sessions look at issues such as ‘Human Security’, ‘Solidarity’, ‘UK Youth Poverty’ and ‘International Development’ in accessible and insightful ways. CAFOD’s session explores how music can be used as a tool for change around the world. We have used the experience of young Hip hop artists from Kibera who used their musical talent to develop a hip hop parliament during the post election violence in 2008. You can download the resource here
We hope the website will be a useful tool for youth leaders across the Diocese and throughout the UK!