who we are
My Life My Say is a youth-led, non-partisan movement on a mission to change the culture of democracy and get every single young person voting.
No matter who you are or where you are from, politics affects us all and there has never been a more critical time for young people to be engaged in decision-making processes. We understand this. That is why we work with young people to ensure that the world of politics is accessible and that our voices are heard at every stage.
Working together with international leaders, we equip our generation with confidence and skills to lead change in their communities and across the globe.
We’re recognised as one of the leading drivers of youth engagement in the UK reaching over 2 million young people with some of the biggest names in the world of politics, including the UK Government, Mayor of London and United Nations.
Since 2013, we have developed our Theory of Change and summarised it in a step-by-step programme of engagement that aims to engage young people in democracy. And we’re just getting started.
we create the space for conversation
Step 1: Creating the space for conversation through our globally renowned Democracy Cafés, and the UK's leading youth summit; the Common Futures Forum.
Our globally-renowned Democracy Cafés are our reinvigoration of the 17th-century coffee house tradition where members of society would come together and discuss local issues. We’ve taken this tradition and modernised it to take place in your local Starbucks with a bit more fun and frappuccinos!
We have organised 500+ Democracy Cafés reaching over 40,000 young people, with more than 80% taking place outside of London. These include Aberdeen, Blackburn, Cardiff, Derry, Portsmouth and many more towns and cities across the UK.
Alongside our Democracy Cafés, we host the UK's biggest youth summit, the Common Futures Forum, which brings together leaders, activists, and academics who engage with young people and the issues that they care about.
The Forum was first launched in 2018 by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. We have had more than 1,500 young people in attendance at the Forum with more than 120 speakers, platforming those from the world of technology, business, politics, and influencing. Our previous conferences have been widely successful in inspiring the next generation of change-makers.
Our Democracy Cafés and Common Futures Forum have been endorsed by leading international institutions such as the United Nations, European Commission, and the United States States Department.
building "the squad"
Step two: building 'the squad'
We know that young people care about the issues that affect them. But, too often, they are overlooked when it comes to key decisions. That’s why we equip young people with the skills and confidence to lead change in their communities.
The Squad is a leadership programme designed to support young people with the skills and confidence they require to organise their communities to create conversation and encourage their fellows to take action by registering to vote.
Members of the squad are part of a UK-wide network of young leaders who have been accredited to lead conversations.
If you would like to take the step to be part of the Squad, please apply here.
get every single young person voting
Step three: get every single young person voting
We know the most effective way to demand change is through the ballot box. However, voter turnout amongst young people is still low. That’s why we lead voter registration initiatives with the aim of getting every single young person to vote.
Almost one-third of eligible young people (18-24) in the UK are not registered to vote, which means that young people are often left out of, or overlooked in, political decision making. We want to change that and turn young people into an essential part of democracy. That’s why My Life My Say, in partnership with Shout Out UK, will be coordinating National Voter Registration Day 2022, which involves a mass campaign that includes celebrities, businesses, third-sector organisations and cross-party support.
Last year we hosted National Voter Registration Day. Over 85,000 people registered to vote on April 19th. Through our social media channels alone, we reached over 565,000 people. With the help of social media users, we surely reached many more people!