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Hey Canadian Youth: What Are You Doing For Your Democracy?
September 20, 2012
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It's easy to take democracy for granted sometimes. After all, it's all a lot of Canadians have ever known.

But if you're between 14 and 30 and you believe that democracy is about more than just putting your ballot in a box, this contest is for you.

It's called the National Youth Challenge, and it invites young people to answer the question, "what are you doing for democracy?"

There are lots of ways to enter: you can post a blog, send in an image, create a video, or compose a Tweet.

All submissions must be received by November 30, 2012, so if you're interested, get going. The entry form is right here.

national-youth-challenge-judges.jpgOnce all the entries are received, they'll be judged by a panel of well-known Canadians, including George. He's one of the judges, along with the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, K'NAAN and Rick Mercer.

There are some pretty sweet prizes up for grabs, including a DSLR camera with a lens kit, an iPad, gift cards and more. Check them out here. Winners will be announced in March, 2013.

The Challenge is part of Canada's Democracy Week, a celebration of our country and its political tradition that runs from September 15-22. Both the week and the contest are organized by Elections Canada.

If you're not sure what kind of entry to create and you're looking for some inspiration, here are a few of last year's winning entries:

Best Video - Mona, 18 - 'Democracy: A Voice'

Best Blog Post - Robbie, 29 - 'Engagment Begets Democracy'

For me, democracy is a responsibility and an obligation: a responsibility to engage oneself in civic discourse and an obligation to seek out and understand the actors and stories that shape our communities. Democracy is far more than having, and acting upon, the right to vote. Unfortunately many young people under the age of majority do not perceive democracy this way... Read more

Best Image - Mona, 18 - 'The Roots Of A Society'


Best Tweet - Five Winners

Diriana, 23 - "The Power in Our Voices"

Democracy isn't just about having the right to speak or vote; it's all about knowing that we're being heard. It's the power in our voices. #demcda

Kayle, 15 - "Democracy Is a Song"

Democracy is a song, a composition for Majority's voice. Its lyrics are inspiring and strong: the equal right to enjoy our choice. #demcda

Liam, 15 - "#demcda"

More than a ballot, a campaign sign, and a politician. Democracy is the guarantor of everything that lets us be who we are. #demcda

Marc-André, 21 - "Democracy in 140"

(Original text in French) Democracy cannot be defined in 140 characters, but rather in just one: X #semainecanadiennedelademocratie #electioncanada

Michelle, 15 - "Democracy"

Democracy is having the power to be who you are, everything you want to be, and everything that you thought was impossible. #demcda

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