Are young people and democracy friends?

Kind of.
Young people and democracy can get along just fine. But democracy can’t exist without politics.
And politics can sometimes treat young people pretty poorly. And that can affect the way young people participate in votes. Which sucks.

The cyclical relationship between young people and politics

Look, we made flow charts to explain what we mean:

negative relationship between young people and politics
positive relationship between young people and politics

so basically

When politicians engage effectively with young people, OR
When young people organise and act in a way that is impossible to ignore, THEN
Young people can change the game when it comes to democracy.