Our Student Council representatives attended the Youth Voice Summit for secondary schools and colleges at Leeds Civic Hall earlier this term. The event was attended by over 130 students from 13 schools across Leeds. As part of the UK Youth Parliament’s ‘Votes @ 16’ campaign, which was voted as the top issue at their annual sitting in the House of Commons in November 2016, the Summit focused on helping young people to have a better understanding of voting and democracy and to feel more politically engaged.
The attendees took part in workshops which considered both the for and against arguments of reducing the age of voters as well as brainstorming ideas about what schools can do to help students learn about politics and democracy. Speakers took to the stage including 3 Members of the Youth Parliament for Leeds and 19 year old Minhaz Abedin whose previous experience as part of the Leeds Youth Council from an early age has led to his current role as UK Youth Delegate to the United Nations. The event was finished off with a tour of the Council Chamber and a Q&A session with 7 Leeds City councillors.
Ultimately, the ‘Votes @ 16’ campaign aims to rally support from lords, MP’s and councillors to take notice of the voice of young people by enabling 16 and 17 year olds to have the right to vote in elections and referendums.
The Youth Voice Summit has produced a learning package for schools to increase young people’s knowledge and understanding of politics which will be used as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum.
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The team at Leeds Civic Hall