Yesterday was our first meeting back after summer so we caught ourselves up on any work we were sent over the break as well as any work that we are continuing from last term.
It was a great first meeting of the Youth Council, discussing how we are going to tackle the issues that young people face on a local level, including public transport and disenfranchisement.
We were also very sad to say goodbye to the Youth Worker who has worked closely with the York Youth Council for a long time, Charlotte. The York Youth Council is incredibly grateful to Charlotte for all the work she has done to make young people’s voices heard.
(The meetings are online)
At the end of this week, the Youth council are launching a massive environmental campaign that ALL of you can get involved with during lock down.
This unique international project will allow all of you to be able to make a difference both locally and globally.. Watch this space!
At this week’s meeting, we continued with our quizzing of Councillors as we were joined by the Lord Mayoress and Councillor for Guildhall Ward, Janet Looker and Councillor John Galvin from Bishopthorpe Ward.
We then discussed and planned content for an email to Executive Members of the Council whom we are hoping to work with, as well as planning a presentation for a Full Council meeting. We hope to attend a Full Council meeting in the future to gain support on our goals.
At this Wednesday meeting, we discussed our MYPs and DYPs upcoming meeting with Rachael Maskell MP for York, and the topics that we wanted to bring up. We also discussed our future plans for how we will spread the word of our work through further engagement with schools and Councillors. Finally we were joined by two Councillors for Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward: Councillor Ashley Mason and Councillor Stephen Fenton. We quizzed them for our youth-centred Ward Councillors leaflet, which are to be releasing soon.
We are back for a new school year, and it’s time to say a sad goodbye and good luck to some old members and welcome in some new ones!
Today we only had Curriculum for Life with us, so we discussed what we could do while waiting for the results of the survey.
We had Carl Jessop from the Orthodontic Services in Yorkshire and Humber department of the NHS in to speak about potential changes within orthodontic services.
Today we discussed feedback from the Primary Voice Event and continued writing emails to Councillors.
This week, we had Gary from Lollipop in to talk to us. Continue reading
As a response to the tragic events in Manchester on the 22/05/2017, this statement was read aloud during the Youth Council’s weekly meeting before we observed a minute of silence:
“We would like to pay tribute, to pay our respects and to think about those whose lives were lost or changed forever due to the horrific attacks on our freedoms and our ability to live our lives without fear on Monday night in Manchester.
The reason that this statement is being made is that many of those killed or injured were young people, just like us. Young people from York were present at the concert during this act of barbarism. As a Youth Council, these are young people we represent, we fight for, and we attempt to improve the city for. Their lives have been shattered and their lives will never be the same.
The fact is that it could have been any of us; it could have been anybody who has ever attended a concert and it could have been anyone who has ever attended a public event.
However, where there has been great tragedy and the worst of humanity has been shown; we have also seen some of the best of it. We have seen complete strangers assisting victims, young people spreading the attention of the attack and showing compassion, taxi drivers giving free lifts to those affected, people in Manchester offering free accommodation and the brave work of the emergency services. There is currently personnel from the armed forces protecting York and working to keep us all safe.
In times like this, WeStandTogether”