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Youth Voices on Lobbying for Change

Thank you to everyone who showed up to our ‘Youth Voices on Lobbying for Change’ session as a part of Parliament Week on Thursday the 14th. It was a great opportunity for individuals to talk about young people and their involvement in politics and policy debate.

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The event was introduced with a spoken word performance about the youth’s potential to make a positive change by Mikel Ameen, who shared his world changer attitude with us. Deanna Rodger, who performed a poem called ‘Now-a-Days’ about young people’s attitude towards voting, followed his empowering performance. Both touched on the issues of political apathy amongst young people.

The two were followed by Nick Davies from Children England who talked about the importance of youth involvement in politics. He mentioned their upcoming campaign called ‘My Manifesto’ which encourages young people to become more engaged in policy debate, especially with the impending 2015 elections just around the corner.

Then we heard from James Mcash, the former president of Edinburgh University Student Union and currently a youth activist. He offered his perspective on youth lobbying for change and his opinion on the limitations of the current system.

After James spoke we heard from Abigail Billinghurst, the director of ABIANDA who gave a voice to women in gangs. She then explained their approach to co-production that allows the women to take ownership of the services they are receiving.  She discussed the work she did with Latimer and the Office of Children’s Commissioner (OCC).

The event finished with Kristy Marsh and two young people from the Museum of London to talk about the programme ‘The Only Way is Ethics.’ This program focuses on the heritage of democracy and social activism.

We’re positive everyone came away feeling challenged and ready to take action! We look forward to seeing you all at the next event in January!  For details on how to reserve a spot email Suzy@latimergroup.org