UManitoba: Youth are Turned Off and Tuned Out…But Voting Anyway

Oct 3, 2011 | Corporate Member News

YouTube contest winners challenge their peers to vote October 4th

Click here to access the VoteAnyWay YouTube Channel

To encourage young Manitobans to engage one another in the election, the University of Manitoba’s VoteAnyWay Project sponsored a YouTube contest and the winners have been chosen.  

The winners of this year’s contest, and $400 each in prize money, are:

  • Young Adult Category:  Daniel Schipper and Alex Herbold (University of Manitoba), for their videos, “Bucket and Vote” and “Elections Pizza” 
  • High School Category:  Students of College St. Norbert Collegiate, for their video: “Want a Voice”  

In an average election, only about one-third of Canadians aged 18 to 25 casts a ballot – a rate far lower than their parents and grandparents.  Political scientists and students at the University of Manitoba have been working hard to reverse this trend by encouraging young people to “VoteAnyWay” in the October 4th provincial election. 

The YouTube contest challenged entrants to design the most effective youth voting advertisement; it was open to all Manitoba residents under the age of 25. 

“Too often, older Canadians find themselves scolding younger citizens about why voting is important.  These lengthy lectures about civic duty aren’t working.  We needed to get youth involved in the discussion, and turn this into a two-way conversation,” said VoteAnyWay co-founder, Jared Wesley.  

These videos can be viewed on the VoteAnyWay YouTube Channel:  Each video is competing for a bonus $200 prize for the most “likes” on Facebook and YouTube.  This contest closes at 8 p.m. on Election Night (October 4). 

For more information on the contest, please visit:

For more information contact Jared Wesley, Adjunct Professor of Political Studies, University of Manitoba, 780-782-5237 ([email protected]).

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