Young people (11-18) have been voting to elect their Members of Youth Parliament for Medway. This year elections were run beyond the youth council with candidate’s manifestos and videos being sent to schools, colleges, and youth centres in order to give as many young people as possible chance to vote.
The following have been elected:
Anna McGovern MYP
Anna McGovern is a National Ambassador for various charities across the UK, including the NSPCC, Childline, and the #iwill campaign. She is the Prime Minister’s 1050th Point of Light for services to volunteering, and she is the holder of the UK Childhood Champion award for Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year for London and the South East. Anna goes to Rochester Independent College and is an active member of her Student Council. She serves as Member of UK Youth Parliament.
Oliver Branch MYP
Oli attends Rochester Math School and is a Member of UK Youth Parliament for Medway. Oli previously held a cabinet position as Campaign Lead and organised the conference of 2017 which focused on the topic of Bullying. He has attended British Youth Council conventions and has much experience in representing and working on issues facing young people.
MYC does not declare voting numbers because we feel that it is disingenuous to the candidates which weren’t elected to know that they did not have enough support to win. All candidates delivered a speech before the youth council which gave us chance to appreciate their individual talent and courage.
They will now begin their term with the ambition to work effectively to represent the views and make a difference to issues young people in Medway told us in Make Your Mark.