Hackney youngsters can have their voices heard with youth parliament

Beth Foster-Ogg outisde her old school, Clapton Girls Academy

Beth Foster-Ogg outisde her old school, Clapton Girls Academy - Credit: Archant

Teenagers thinking they could do a better job than Westminster politicians at the moment can get on the right road by running for the Hackney Youth Parliament.

Nominations are open ahead of the October elections for anyone aged 11 to 19 who lives, works, or goes to school in the borough.

Former member Ife Grillo is now vice chair of the British Youth Council and current member Beth Foster-Ogg, has hosted political events attended by thousands.

She said: “I’d definitely recommend Youth Parliament to anyone who wants to make a difference.

“It gave me an extraordinary insight into Hackney as a borough and the way the council and other services work to improve young people’s lives. It’s a new and exciting experience, and a great chance to meet lots of passionate and engaged young people.”

The parliament consults young people on their views and keeps them up-to-date on issues affecting them. They plan youth and community events, campaign on issues they feel are important and elect representatives to the national UK Youth Parliament.

The deadline for online applications is 22nd July although it is possible to apply in person on 25th July at the Forest Road Youth Hub.

To apply, visit younghackney.org/get-involved/, email getinvolved@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 7404.

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