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View from Youth Council: MYPs have been busy over five months

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 August 2018

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It has been about five months since we became the Members of Youth Parliament for Redbridge and the experience has been truly insightful and phenomenal to say the least.

One of our first projects was to host and successfully deliver the Redbridge Youth Convention in June, for students and teachers across Redbridge.

In addition, we have established a functioning Young Cabinet, with nine young people who have the same portfolios as the adult Cabinet and will look at the portfolios from a youth perspective throughout the forthcoming year.

We were invited to judge the finals of the First Give Competition at Valentines High School.

All the Year 9 students who participated deserved the £1,000 prize for their chosen charities. All the groups were truly impressive and remarkable.

In addition, we also attended an event in the House of Commons which focused on violence and knife crime in the UK.

One of the key factors focused on was the impact of health in influencing people’s behaviour. The issues that were discussed have enabled us to develop a thorough understanding of violence in the capital and nation as a whole.

This insight will help us fulfill one of our manifesto points which looks at gang culture.

We are looking forward to going to University of Nottingham to meet with the other MYPs from across the UK, where, amongst other things, we will discuss and agree the 10 issues for Make Your Mark – the largest Youth Consultation, which launches on August 20.


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