18 years on this planet. 7 of them - working with school student councils of Vilnius, learning the needs of school students and foundations of youth work. 2 of them - debating in the Baltic circuit, some achievements of my own, but more importantly spreading the debating culture in Vilnius. Co-founder, Chairman and Training Officer of Vilnius Debating Society. Creating collaborations with other NGOs, social partners, politicians and think tanks, bringing debates to life and wide public discourse. Raising young, critically-thinking, well-spoken and politically-minded minds of Vilnius. Board Member of Vilnius Youth Organisations' Confederation "Round Table" - working with political priorities of young people of Vilnius.
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It was a cathartic experience to be a first-time voter. Having debated on many of the key questions of this election, it was interesting to not defend a predetermined position, but rather think about my own reasoning and decide who I agree with the most. I never considered not participating in my democratic duty. However, a lot of Lithuania's young people did, with our turnout barely crossing 1/3rd. Maybe a return to quality political debate, focusing on the issues rather than show, is something that can bring them to the ballot box. Additionally, youth policy and issues relevant to young people weren't expanded on in many of the parties' manifestoes. Youth NGO sector hopes the 13th Seimas will remember about the young people of Lithuania more often.