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Providing opportunities for young people aged 11-18 to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.
The UK Youth Parliament ensures that young people of the UK are given a voice on any issue that affects them, as laid out in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected in youth elections throughout the UK; in Leicestershire three new Members of Youth Parliament are elected every two years in February and take up their term of office on 1 March.
Once elected the MYPs find out the concerns and needs of other young people in Leicestershire and represents these views to decision makers on a local, regional and national level. MYPs also attend and organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues that matter to young people.
This year we have five young people standing for election and all young people aged 11 to 18 living, working or going to school or college in Leicestershire can vote for who they want to represent them and ensure their voice is heard.
Voting has now concluded and we will be announcing more about the winners soon, but all the candidates listed below will help out in some capacity either as elected members or as assistants.
As a young person I see the problems we face daily and I face them too, I see the issues that affect our lives and I want to bridge the gap between adults and young people that restricts our voices from being heard.
To bring about change is the most relevant way for our generation. As an active member of County Youth Council Leicestershire and a Deputy Member of Youth Parliament and actively working on building a Harborough Youth Council, I believe my passion and dedication are the perfect combination for being an MYP for Leicestershire. I truly believe I can make a difference for this generation, but not without your help. I will make a way for every Young Person across Leicestershire to voice their views, I will make a way for the views of the Young People of Leicestershire to reach the relevant people and be effective. I want your voices heard on a Local, Regional and National level and to eliminate the problems facing this current generation. I want to stand for what you want, not for me.
Last year’s Make Your Mark ballot gained over 900,000 votes nationally and that included 15,887 from just Leicestershire! Just 25% of young people voted here, I want to make that number at least 40% this year. As I said before, I want your voices heard on a Local, Regional and National level but I can’t do this without YOUR help. So please, vote for me, I won’t let you down.
I would love to be elected as your MYP as, after having been influential in many local projects as part of the Oadby & Wigston and County Youth Councils I am eager to continue to represent them at a higher level and to use my talents as a public speaker to speak for Leicestershire.
Projects I have taken part in include organising events tackling hate crime, mental health issues and also local youth festivals. On an wider scale I am interested in the arts and arts education, and feel that by being elected I could help promote the benefits of these subjects and the importance they have to young people I have spoken to.
I'm also very passionate about campaigning on environmental issues as it is important now, and will be in the future to both improve local issues such as litter and traffic pollution and also wider national and global problems involving sustainability and environmental responsibility.
And as always I believe votes at 16 is the overarching theme as it would give many more young people power over what happens to our world and lives.
I feel like I would be a great Member of Youth Parliament and am looking forward to this opportunity to meet new like-minded people who want to use their power for good.
I have been an active member of the Blaby District Youth Council for over two years now, and have even won an award through it for charity work and the work I do within the LGBT community.
I believe that young people deserve to be heard, that is why I'm so passionate about this position. I have many goals for if I get elected, but my top one has to be to make it so the voices of young people all across Leicestershire are heard.
Some goals of mine are to bring more awareness to issues such as mental health, the environment, funding for the arts and LGBT support and education.
Firstly, mental health is so important yet often goes ignored. I would love to be able to campaign for more education and support in this area.
Secondly, the changes in the environment; it is a very present and concerning issue in the world, yet it's not a very present issue within our government, a goal of mine is to change that.
Finally an issue I hold very close to my heart is about LGBT education in schools, it simply does not exist. This makes it that much harder for LGBT young people to come out in their place of education, I feel that more awareness, education and support of LGBT people will make it easier for them, and for peers to understand and support each other.
I feel I would be a good fit for this position as I am compassionate, driven and experienced.
Hello, my name is Simran and I'm 17 years old. Whilst Chair and Recruitment Officer of Blaby District Youth Council, I engaged with Young People on the impact of youth voice - young people have a role to take in democratic decisions.
I have significantly contributed on campaigns within Leicestershire on transport, mental health and curriculum for life. My devotion to promote young people's rights nationally is illustrated by my research, presentation and passionate speech at the 2017 UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) House of Commons sitting. The breadth of my engagement includes being a member of County Youth Council working with MPs to promote campaigns. As an elected member of the NHS Youth Forum, I am contributing towards a peer support campaign. My proposal of the motion 'Feminism in the national curriculum' at the UKYP Annual Sitting about the importance of widespread education on equality was positively received.
I want the locally implemented Hate Crime Awareness and Prevention campaign to be adopted by UKYP as a national aim. My experience in having actively worked on four hate crime events places me on a good start to achieve this aim.
Young people need effective mental health provision and help, I wish for this to be promoted this year. Trained young people on mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression will help to support young people in need.
I would make an excellent candidate as I have a lot of experience, devotion and patience to help others. I can make a change and achieve goals in Leicestershire and nationally. Make a difference by voting for me.
Being a young person is one of the most challenging yet most important parts of one's life, a time where so much is at stake and as a young person, I understand and share the challenges one faces during youth!
Many young people often feel that their voice is irrelevant, their voice isn’t wanted, I will change that! I want to give all fellow young people a voice in the decisions that affect them! I want to be a Member of Youth Parliament for ALL young people! I promise I will fight for you with every breath in my body! I will fight for the best interests of today’s youth! I believe that as a member of youth parliament I can make a real difference and make young people heard!