Young people in Plymouth are being urged to vote in this year’s UK Youth Parliament election.
A total of eight candidates are set to battle it out to become one of four young people to represent the city’s youth at a local, regional and national level.
The successful candidates will act as the voice of young people from 11 to 18 years-old on topics like mental health, youth homelessness, anti-social behavior and job opportunities for young people.
The UKYP aims to give the voice of young people the chance to be heard by local and national government. It has been running since 1999 and has over 500 young people in its national membership.
This year Plymouth’s elections are taking place in schools across the city over the next two weeks, from Monday 29 January until Friday 9 February.
The Deputy Lord Mayor will announce the results on Wednesday 14 February at the Council House, as part of his role.
Councilor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Public Health said: “All 11 to 18 year-olds living in Plymouth and the surrounding area can vote in our UKYP election and I hope lots of young people come along to cast their vote to elect a strong voice to represent them locally.
“Our UKYP members do a fantastic job and it’s great to see so many young people with an interest in politics.”
Further information about the UK Youth Parliament is available at www.ukyp.org.uk
LIST OF CANDIDATES
I believe that young people don’t have a voice about their future; I want to lower the voting age to 16 to allow us that voice. The limitation of funding for schools causes students to feel deserted. I will campaign for greater funding to ensure students get better access to educational resources finally, the current curriculum doesn’t include education of real-life subjects, such as finance. I will promote the teaching of these subjects so we are better equipped for life.’
My campaign is involving young people to tackle anti-social behavior. Young people and police need to work together to ensure a good relationship is made. We need to address why young people with health issues are put in cells to calm down rather than accessed at hospitals. We can all solve this together if you can find the route of the problem. It’s time the police realized locking young people up with mental health issues is not appropriate.
My campaign is on improving mental health awareness and support in schools. 1 in 10 young people have been diagnosed with mental health. As a current member of youth cabinet I wish to improve the support and knowledge that teachers have of mental health. I would like young people to be able to access 1:1 support with a specialist mental health worker during school time. VOTE me to improve mental health awareness.
Educating people on complex disorders, such as Autism or Schizophrenia, is vital in today’s society. I myself have autism, so I know the challenges of talking about my disorder; I want to help others feel confident talking about their disorders. As society grows more and more accepting, now is the best time to help people with hidden disorders feel proud.
All young people deserve a voice and I’m prepared to be that voice. I would like to raise awareness around homeless young people and get support to those in need. Over 83,000 young people in the UK are homeless and 1 in 7 16-24 year olds have slept rough in the past year. I would campaign for unused buildings to be youth homeless shelters for young people to get some food, sleep and hang out with other young people
My aim is to get a dedicated drop in Centre for schools grouped into 3 and have more support and help over people that have mental health issues and to shorten the 18 month waiting list. Child mental health affects one in ten children; roughly 695,000 children aged 5-16 have been diagnosed with a mental health illness Currently there is a 18 month waiting list for treatment if I was an MYM I would fight for all of this.
My campaign is introducing a new curriculum to teach us about how to live after we leave education. Many young people don’t know how to handle their finances, prevent fraud, get on the property ladder, write CV’s and get a stable job. If elected, I plan to change our curriculum to teach us these vital life lessons so that we can be certain about how to handle our futures after we leave full time education
I am campaigning for better services to add extra support for young people suffering with poor mental health. I have dealt with family members who suffer from poor mental health and I believe services are in need of improvement. If you were to vote for me, I will try my best to fulfil the need for more 1-to-1 support for young people and teachers will have more extensive training to identify the signs. Mental health shouldn’t be ignored!