New funding awarded to help increase student voter participation

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Mavis Chan, an Environment and Business student who set up her social venture called whyvote while a St. Paul’s GreenHouse student, has secured $6,400 from three funders to move the project along.

Mavis won a $5,000 grant at a pitch contest from the Conrad Centre’s E-co-op, and the City of Waterloo’s Neighbourhood Matching Fund awarded her another $900. Most recently, she also received $500 from the Laidlaw Foundation.

Whyvote is an online peer-to-peer web application that aims to increase student participation in politics and elections by harnessing the power of peer pressure. The platform summarizes relevant policy issues and helps students determine where they stand on an issue, and meaningful prizes are given to groups of students who complete surveys.

To read more about Mavis and whyvote, see https://uwaterloo.ca/stpauls/blog/post/harnessing-power-peer-pressure

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