Two students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have been making their mark with the UK Youth Parliament this autumn.
Billal Salek and Jessica Smith have been talking to their fellow students to find out what issues really matter to them. Billal questioned more than 200 students at lunchtimes in College, while Jessica gauges the opinions of fellow A level Politics students.
Young people from across the UK have been debating policies and deciding on the issues that the UK Youth Parliament would focus its campaigns on this year. The ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign, supported by the National Citizen Service (www.ncsyes.co.uk), is aimed at ensuring those issues that matter most to young people are recognised.
This year’s 10 issues debated and voted on covered topics like: votes at 16, a curriculum to prepare young people for life, the end of austerity and child poverty, transport, climate change, mental health, funding for youth services, the living wage, tackling racism and religious discrimination, and extended special educational needs support. Our students were particularly interested in mental health issues, which came second in the vote to the Living Wage.
Applications are currently being accepted for students to join the UK Youth Parliament. Application forms are available from the Student Development Office near the Refectory or students can apply online at http://eepurl.com/bwfUPL.