The Young Voters of Prince Edward Island (YVPEI) was founded in 2015 by Jesse Hitchcock and Sarah Bulman in an effort to help fight youth voter apathy in Prince Edward Island.
They created the group to provide the who/what/where/when/why/how of voting for young people on PEI. Committed to non-partisanship from the start, they set out with the intention of arming young folks with the tools and knowledge to make educated decisions at the polls. The group provided youth in PEI with an opportunity to converse, ask questions, and organize.
YVPEI developed a framework outlining the barriers preventing young people from engaging politically, and developed non-partisan educational and "get out the vote" campaigns to break down these barriers.
YVPEI was often consulted on policy development in the province, and saw immense success in engagement campaigns run during the 2015 Federal and Provincial elections as well as the 2016 Plebiscite on Electoral Reform, a 2017 by-election, and a Charlottetown municipal election in 2018.
After a very successful four years, the Young Voters of Prince Edward Island went on a hiatus in January 2019 when Jesse and Sarah moved off-Island. With a federal election upcoming, a new group of engaged PEI youth banded together in the summer of 2019 to reinvigorate and relaunch the group in time for the October 2019 federal election.