Social Media & Creative Industries to Drive Barbadian Youth Voters
A new non partisan initiative, Rock the Vote Barbados was launched there by a group of social entrepreneurs with a mission to engage and build political power for young people.
Spearheaded by Paul Clarke in Barbados, Rock the Vote’s aim of is to provide a platform for the views of youth, encourage and empower young people in the political process and ultimately to turn out thousands of youth votes in the next political elections due to be called by April 2013.
According to Clarke, “Our aim is for Rock the Vote Barbados to become the foundation to support the tidal wave of young voters who want to get involved in the election process and seize the power of the youth vote to create political and social change…”
“We’ve been quietly building out our strategy for how we will target and engage the youth voters and community and building our team and its campaigns ahead of the upcoming general elections in Barbados. Social media, the creative industries specifically music, film and entertainment, registration drives and donations are high on our agenda.”
He added, “We are not controlled by anyone’s political agenda but our own – to empower young people who want to step up and have an interest in the future of our Barbados and the way our country is run and by whom. We want all young voters to be part of this initiative and the upcoming elections.”
With Rock the Vote Barbados now activated Clarke says that they will be steadily rolling out their campaign online and that their youth teams will be out in full force at upcoming political meetings and can be identified by bright lime green colours.
“Ultimately our social media pages across all platforms will be the best-informed places online where young people can find out how to get involved and register and before making a decision to cast a ballot.”
Rock the Vote was initiated in St. Lucia in September 2010 by Dwayne Mendes and was a major changing force for the youth voters there.