Student Becomes Member of Youth Parliament
Weydon School Student Becomes A Member of the Youth Parliament
Weydon School is proud to announce that Year 11 student, Luke Price, has recently attained a position as a member of the youth parliament. An amazing achievement during the recent lockdowns, Luke tells his story of how this all became a reality:
“As the first lockdown fell over the nation, I found myself with a lot more time on my hands, as did many other people. Time which I decided to dedicate to politics as I was now able to put more effort into researching topics of the day and being able to watch parliament. I realized how much I enjoyed it but I always felt something was missing and that missing thing was youth representation. So I did some research and found out about the Surrey Youth Cabinet and the British Youth Council which spoke about how it represents young people.
I joined in August 2020 and in February 2021 I ran as a Member of Youth Parliament in Surrey against four other candidates. On March 24th I was informed I had received one of the two available positions, gathering an impressive 36% of the vote. With over 300 young people voting, this felt to me to be an incredible achievement and one achievement which gave me a great sense of pride. I felt immense privilege to be chosen as young people’s representative in Farnham and Surrey and I cannot wait to do more campaigning for public libraries and mental health, topics which I am keen to focus on as stated in my manifesto, so that young and old working together, we can make Surrey a safer and better place.”
Recently Luke was thrilled to have the chance to meet Farnham’s local MP, the Hon Mr Jeremy Hunt, during a meeting of Farnham Headteachers. Luke’s questions about how the government are going to improve the provision of mental health for both students and teaching staff were extremely challenging but very well received.
Mr Matthew Venton, Deputy Principal at Weydon School commented: “We are so proud of what Luke has achieved and what he will go on to achieve in this new position. He is a credit to the school and a marvellous role model for other students to look up to. His recent meeting with Mr Jeremy Hunt was the icing on the cake for this promising young student. We wish him well for the future and look forward to hearing about his progress on the next part of his journey through education.”
Luke is very grateful for all the help he has received during the application process and since his position has been announced, he commented: “This is one achievement which may not have been possible without the incredible staff and students of Weydon school who I owe a huge debt of gratitude. The staff helped me show all young people about the exciting opportunity of having their own representative who would raise issues facing them and complete ideas that were named in manifestos. I end this with a thank you to the young people that voted for me, but also all those who shared the manifestos so that as many young people could get involved as possible.”
Surrey Youth Cabinet (SYC) is Surrey’s Youth Council, formed of young residents who represent the youth voice of their communities. SYC aims to tackle issues and improve services that are important to young people in Surrey. By working alongside Surrey County Council, the cabinet is able to inform key decision-makers about the lived experience of young people in Surrey and which topics matter most to them.
As the national youth council of the UK, the British Youth Council brings young people together to find their voice and use it to improve the lives of young people. They empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. They support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.
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