Redbridge Youth Elections 2019
The 2019 Redbridge Youth Election, ran from Monday 4 February to Thursday 14 February 2019 and 12,539 young people took part which is 38% of young people aged 11 to 19 years old living in Redbridge.
The winning candidates are Amelia Crorie and Zainab Abari and their deputy is Isabel George. Details of their manifestos are below.
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- I aim to inform schools on periods and the importance of access to sanitary products
- I aim to work with schools to inform the youth about ways to improve their mental health
- I aim to educate the youth to make responsible decisions about what to do when faced with violence
'Period poverty' refers to having a lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints. To end period poverty, we must end the stigma surrounding periods. I will aim to inform both primary and secondary schools about periods and the importance of access to sanitary products through workshops and programmes as well as an event presenting personal accounts of those affected by period poverty.
1 in 4 young people in the UK suffer from poor mental health. It can make school life impossible to cope with and can prevent the youth from enjoying their daily lives. As a result, it is essential that we teach the youth, how to not only keep themselves healthy physically but mentally too. I aim to work with schools to inform the youth about ways to improve their mental health.
Pop culture glorifies violence and influences the youth. As a result, knife crime is a big issue. In order to make Redbridge a safer place to live, we must end knife crime. I aim to educate the youth with enough information for them to make responsible decisions about what to do when faced with violence.
- Educate and help young people on knife crime
- Ensure all young people feel confident in their own skin
- Encourage more businesses to offer work experience
Knife crime is an issue in our society, to tackle the problem, I will aim to work with the council to set out guidelines for schools to help educate young people on knife crime. The guidelines will include education, tackling, rehabilitation and monitoring. I will campaign to promote awareness of knife crime.
Body image is a detrimental issue, as the media portray the 'ideal body'. To tackle this issue, I will aim to contact charities or the NHS to help me campaign by running workshops and assemblies for schools. I will also aim to get the issue on the 'Make Your Mark' ballot paper.
Some young people in our borough have been deprived of the experience of work, so I will aim to contact local businesses to build relationships with schools. In addition I will aim to encourage businesses to run sessions for young people during the school holidays and I will organise a 'Work4U' event to promote work experience.
- I will hold a career fair to educate youth on career choices
- I will promote self-defence classes so people won't feel the need to carry a knife
- I will aim to encourage the local newspaper and other media sources to promote help for young people with mental health issues
As a member of the Youth Parliament, I will encourage education on career choices and university, by inviting local businesses and universities to a career fair, to not only advertise what they offer but to encourage more youth to go to university and have goals and aspirations.
I will also approach the huge issue of knife crime, by promoting more of our existing youth groups/clubs and extracurricular activities, especially self-defence classes so people won't feel as if they need to carry a knife to feel safe.
I will tackle mental health issues by encouraging the local newspaper and other media sources to promote help for young people with mental health issues.