Youth Say - Claire Ewing
Published 28 Mar 2011 09:30 1 Comment
DUNFERMLINE'S young people went to the ballot boxes in their hundreds this month to elect their Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
I am honoured to have been re-elected to represent the Dunfermline constituency alongside Annilie Muller, a fifth year pupil from Queen Anne High School.
The next two years ahead have many new challenges and opportunities for making a difference in Dunfermline.
But we need you to get in touch with what you would like us to change and change for the better.
Angus Duncan and Laura Dickson were both successful in their elections for the Cowdenbeath constituency.
I am very much looking forward to working alongside Dunfermline's young people ensuring everyone aged 12 to 25 has their voice heard both locally and nationally.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Fife Council and Dialogue Youth for all their hard work that made sure the elections in Fife were a success.
At a national level our Scottish Youth Parliament recently launched our new youth manifesto for 2011 to 2015, 'Change the Picture'.
Change the Picture consulted with 42,804 young people over the summer months that have shaped our 49 key policy statements within our manifesto in which we aim to work with the elected Government in Holyrood after the May elections.
I encourage anyone to get in touch if they want to find out more about 'Change the Picture' or how they can work with us on www.syp.org.uk
The Scottish Youth Parliament is not the only parliament to have big elections this year. The Scottish Parliaments elections will take place in May.
So to ensure everyone young and old can participate in this election process the Scottish Youth Parliaments members from all over Scotland will be running a campaign to get more people out to the polling station, 'I vote, does that make me a geek?'.
This campaign will be launched on Friday so keep your eyes and ears open for some geek-tastic campaigning challenging the stereotype members of our society label young people if they vote.
I am very interested in hearing from everyone on this campaign.
Also, I want to talk to all candidates in the Scottish Parliament election to find out what they aim to do if elected for the young people of Dunfermline.
It's time to get answers to all these big questions as in the past MSPs in Dunfermline have been very supportive of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Jim Tolson MSP held a street youth advice surgery - the first to happen jointly between MSYPS and MPSs anywhere in Scotland - and I hope this style of work can continue. So again, get in touch my fellow MSYPs and I would love to hear from you.
On reflection this last month has been extremely busy for myself and other young people. But I want to continue this hard work for you.
Watch out for the Dunfermline members of the Scottish Youth Parliament's forthcoming 'youth tour' listing to your views when and where it matters...
Together for Dunfermline ...
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