UK Youth Parliament:
MAKE YOUR MARK was your opportunity to help decide the topics for discussion in the House of Commons on 23 November (Parliament Week and also Takeover Day). Over 2000 votes were cast and counted in Lincolnshire and over 250,000 UK wide.
The top 5 debates were:
- Transport – still a key issue in Lincolnshire
- Marriage for all– equality for LGBT groups
- National minimum wage– is it right that under 21s get paid less
- Getting ready for work– careers, apprenticeships and work based learning
- A curriculum to prepare us for life – it’s not all about exam passes, is it?
WINNER – a curriculum to prepare us for life
Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and Deputies are writing to their MPs, party leaders and the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, asking for their support. Joan Walley, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, has submitted an Early Day Motion for debate in the House of Commons calling for a formal government response to the UK Youth Parliament’s decision to have ‘A Curriculum For Life’ as its national campaign for 2013.
The 4th Member of Youth Parliament place was won by Holly – see BLAH newsletter. She will now not only represent the Gainsborough area but priority groups Action for Young Carers, Transition Board (Action for Children) and Voices for Choices (Looked After Children’s Council) at UK Youth Parliament Conventions. She is now in the process of contacting them.
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The first Youth Cabinet newsletter entitled ‘BLAH’ is now published. Not only informative, it calls for student councils across the county to get involved. Click BLAH to read a copy.
The highly successful and renowned CallConnect service is still largely unused by young people. Four members visited the centres HQ in August and met with the operations manager and call centre staff. They are devoting the February meeting to story-boarding ideas for a promotional video. For more information on services in your area/registration call 0845 234 33 44 or text ‘CallConnect’ to 82727 or go to www.lincsinterconnect.com
Cabinet have started sending schools their newsletter BLAH and their reps poster. They are encouraging a greater dialogue with student councils and hope that many will want to be involved further. COME ON!
Speaker’s School Council Awards are now open (closes 30th April). If you have made a difference no matter how big or how small then do enter. Visit: http://www.speakersschoolcouncil.org/
One for the teachers: http://www.parliament.uk/education/in-your-school/