Youth council places for two

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Two students from Harrogate Grammar School have been selected to represent at the newly established Harrogate Youth Council.

Alexander Betts from Year 7 and Oliver Bean from Year 10 are very proud of having this responsibility.

Oliver said: “This is a really good opportunity to represent the views of young people and participate in discussions with students from other school.

“I wanted to participate in the Harrogate Youth Council (HYC) to make an impact on the local community and I hope that in the future I can represent young people at a national level.”

The Harrogate Youth Council offers the opportunity to influence and inform decisions that affect young people and helps their voices be heard.

Young people campaign on issues that have been recognised and voted for by them, as being seen as important to them and their futures.

The youth council campaign to make a difference for the young people of Harrogate through leadership, campaigning and decision making.

And it is currently collecting ballots from all young people in the Harrogate area and are waiting for the final results in order to begin their campaign work.

Further to this, Oliver and Alexander have been selected to represent Harrogate at County-wide executive meetings which take place twice a year and they are applying to be members of the national youth parliament.

The students from Harrogate Grammar School were elected within the school council through a voting process. Each individual had to apply for their position offering why they would make a great youth councillor.

Lena Kanabar, Family Outreach Support Worker said: “Oliver and Alexander have been fantastic youth councillors and their individual skills have impacted the group positively.”