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#StudentTakeover: Younger generation must call for change

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 March 2018

City of Westminster College

I am writing as one of a team of 11 teenagers from City of Westminster College and the College of North West London working on the student takeover project with the Ham&High.

When it comes to being a teenager in our society, growing up in a world where everything is so steamlined, I find myself stuck when it comes to my identity.

Which box do I tick?

What group do I fit into and now, who do I vote for?

Camden Council’s youth elections, the voting for which is currently taking place across the borough, determine what direction we can move forward in.

It leaves the questions of how much the younger audience influences politics?

From, in my opinion, the catastrophic event of Donald Trump becoming president of the United States in January 2017, this affected not just America, but the rest of the world as well.

Speaking on behalf of the younger generation, we’re growing up in a world where it’s easy to be influenced by social media – who to be, what to believe in, what to think and how to live our daily lives.

The time when we finally get a chance to speak up, voice our opinions on what we want to be changed, what we want to be put forward and what we want to be put in place.

If anything this is our only opportunity to do so.

We can’t hide any more, only feel pride and not fall on our knees when the wrong person takes the lead, we don’t want another repeat of Trump’s mistreat.

He tore apart our world, and is still doing so as we speak, as a young person I will not allow him to do the same thing to me.

Youth elections will allow us to show the real us, as a collective the perception we have on society, honestly is dependent on our intelligence. We don’t want to question what box to tick or what party to pick.

We want to be set on a path to take and not a path with a fake perception on me as us as individual people.

We will learn from the mistakes of our ancestors and take on the challenge to not going back to a world where questions were questioned. We have to take advantage of this opportunity as the younger generation, to finally speak up and speak out on problems, issues and now possible solutions in order to get a better future, better education and better life, for us.

The newly-elected youth MP and two deputy youth MPs will be the voice for Camden young people over the next two years.

As well as putting forward the interests of Camden youth in decision-making, they will have a national role as members of the UK Youth Parliament.

Until the ballot closes on March 29, anyone from the ages of 11 to 17 who work in Camden or attend one of the borough’s schools will be eligible to vote.

The voters will be able to vote in their schools or youth centres, and after the vote is cast and the new MP is chosen he or she will serve a term of two years.

To vote in this years Camden youth elections, visit camden.gov.uk/youthcouncil.

Voting closes on March 29.

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