Top row: John Odunsi, Sonia Ahmed, Kezia Hine, Shukria Sazzad Haider, Charlotte Beaton. Middle Row: Gwilym Furn-Davis, Phoebe Brown, Arthur Jacquemin, Ben Khan, Toni Olatunji. Bottom Row: Alice Battersby, ZoÃ« Stevens, Abdul-Kareem Naik, Adam Ratcliffe, Joshua Ennim
Fifteen young people with a passion for politics have been selected for the Warwickshire Youth Council.
Councilors have been elected for Nuneaton and Bedworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, Rugby and Warwick, Warwickshire and will serve for 12 months.
They were joined by members and senior officers of Warwickshire County Council for their first virtual meeting.
During their tenure, young people will represent the views and interests of young people in their constituencies – both locally and nationally – by meeting with councilors, MPs and other decision-makers to advance issues important to them.
The Youth Council will also play a key role in the County Council’s Child Friendly Warwickshire initiative – which aims to work with children and young people to ensure their views are heard and make a difference in all. county.
Gwilym Furn-Davis, Stratford Youth Advisor, said: âI decided to represent the Youth Council because I believe our generation deserves a say in how our lives are run and the Youth Council is. a good way to make our voice heard. why I was standing.
âThe Youth Council is a good thing to do as it gives the chance to improve the lives of many young people across Warwickshire. My goals for next year are to help with campaigns, to speak in public and to listen to people of our generation who want improvement in this area. “
Rugby Youth Advisor Kezia Hine said: âI decided to represent the Youth Council because I wanted a chance to make a change and that would give me a chance to voice my opinions and listening to the opinions of others. The Youth Council gives us a chance to make new friends and that gives us opportunities – like the Youth Conference. “
Young counselors are usually elected by organized votes at schools in Warwickshire, but due to the Covid-19 schools closing this year, they were selected through an application process.
Nigel Minns, County Council Strategic Director, said: “The views and opinions of young people in Warwickshire need to be heard – these are the people who will shape our future and there is no better way to start than as members of the Youth Council. It is an extremely important forum that allows the voices of young people to make real change. I thank all the young councilors involved over the past year and wish the new members good luck for their mandate. “
For more information on youth services in Warwickshire, including the Warwickshire Youth Council, visit the website here