Mayor, Councillors and Committees

UK Youth Parliament

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. 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.

For further details, please contact Susie Blood
Phone: 01642 729645
Email: Susie_blood@middlesbrough.gov.uk


Hello, my name is Ben Carr, and I am the member of Youth Parliament for Middlesbrough.

I am so happy that I got elected and am really excited to work with the young people in Middlesbrough.

I am 12 years old, live in Linthorpe and go to Acklam Grange School. I wanted to stand for MYP as I have always enjoyed the feeling of pride when you make a positive difference to something as small as other people's day.

Therefore, to make a big difference to other people's lives or education is an amazing opportunity. Personally, I strive to change other people's lives even in a small way and I believe that MYP is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Finally, I believe that I could represent the young people of our town well, because I'm very open to ideas, I'm confident that I can do the job well and I will give it my all.

The role of an MYP is to meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

I have 3 points in my pledge which I hope to succeed:

  1. Free travel to school to help families without a car who struggle to meet the expense.
     

  2. Increasing inter-school activities- I believe activities involving different schools would be very effective for keeping strong bonds between pupils from different schools which in turn would result in a reduction in anti-social behaviour like fights that start because of rivalries between schools. Also, for year 11 students it would be a great opportunity to make friends with people attending their future colleges, so they don't feel isolated during their first few days of college. These events could include none contact sports or artistic events as to give a range of options for people with different interests.
     

  3. Integrating more technology into school life- I believe that more technology being used in schools would boost attendance, keep students interested and prepare people for later life, as technology is becoming a greater part of life and the workplace."

I have been really busy in my role so far, meeting local councillors and attending conventions with the MYPs and DMPs from across the region.

I was asked to say a reading at the Holocaust Memorial Day service on 27 January 2016, organised by the council and Teesside University. I, along with pupils from my school, stayed for the service and a number of the seminars run by the University, it was really interesting.

I also attended the Youth Voice Leadership Development Programme in April and really enjoyed the opportunity. You can read my thoughts about it in my blog.

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