The Rushcliffe District Youth Forum meet once monthly to talk about issues affecting local young people. Two of our students, Oliver Keay and Kenan Atkinson were successful in stepping forward to represent Rushcliffe.
Kenan Atkinson has also been elected as a Youth Parliament representative. Run by young people for young people, UKYP provides opportunities for young people aged 11-18 years old to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. UKYP supports Members of Youth parliament to be better equipped to challenge and influence decision makers, they do this to get the best possible services for young people in the United Kingdom.
Here is what Kenan had to say about:
“Hi! I am in year 8. After putting together my manifesto, which was challenging, I recently became the Rushcliffe Youth Parliament representative, thanks to the help and support of my Year Director and Pastoral Assistant. This is not only a great opportunity for me to use my voice to help change things for the better but it will also help me to develop skills that will help me in the future. It is an exciting and others can get involved too.”
Volunteering is a great way to give something back to the community, as well as develop transferrable skills that could be helpful in the future. There are a variety of roles and responsibilities students can step up to in school, and there are plenty of ways we can all offer a helping hand at home too!