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  • 4 September 2014, 15:29

Stand Up Be Counted: Thousands Get Involved

Hundreds of young people have clicked on the "Register to Vote" button on the Stand Up Be Counted website - proof that the Sky News campaign is encouraging 16- to 24-year-olds to get their voices heard at the ballot box.

Our online community is booming too, with 1,750 people signed up on Facebook and more than 1,400 people getting involved on Twitter.

Dozens of young adults have also been having their say by uploading a video onto the Stand Up Be Counted website - and the issues they tell us about will help to shape Sky News coverage in the coming weeks and months.

:: Click here to visit the Stand Up Be Counted site

The topics covered have been diverse so far. One contributor, Venandah, said she would be keen to vote if young people were celebrated for their differences, and if the political system made them feel valued.

Meanwhile, Rebecca called on businesses to give better support to teenagers looking for work experience.

She said: "I don't think it would take much for them to reply with 'no, sorry, we don't do work experience, but thank you very much for your email', or giving me advice rather than just not replying at all."

Head of Sky News John Ryley said: "We've been really encouraged by the positive response so far.

"Already new voices are actively engaging in passionate debates and sharing ideas. And it's especially pleasing to see the number of young people using the site to register to vote.

"But this is just the start. It's our job now to reflect what we're hearing throughout our coverage."

Celebrities have been lining up to lend their support - with Chris Kamara, Nick Clegg and Victoria Pendleton just some of the personalities who have backed our campaign so far.

Stand Up Be Counted was launched to help young people become engaged with British politics, with the next general election taking place in a matter of months.

A Survation poll found that 44% of 16- to 24-year-olds do not feel listened to and, at present, only 31% of the people in this age group trust the government.

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