Previous research has shown that young people have a lot of opportunities to participate in the decision making process within their families. Yet, there is a lack of studies concerning peer participation. International studies demonstrate that pupils have limited possibilities of participation at school, particularly in those fields which are strongly related to teachers, e.g. lessons. In our survey we examine via internetbased questionnaire (n = 108) and interviews (n = 11) the opportunities of participation within family, peer group and school, as well as engagement outside school, their attitudes towards democracy, political education and politics. Results show that Styrian class and school representatives highly participate in the decision making process within family and peer groups, whereas it seems that they have little opportunities to participate in school. In addition to that, they are very engaged outside school. Moreover they have a positive attitude towards democratic values, voting at the age of 16, a comprehensive understanding of political education and they are more likely to be involved in politics.