THIS November, 14-year-old Sarah is standing forward to represent Llanelli in the Welsh Youth Parliament.
Welsh Youth Parliament allows young people to take the reins on key issues that affect them and their areas. A Welsh Youth Parliament term will last for two years and will consist of 60 members. 40 members will represent the 40 constituencies of Wales and a further 20 will be elected by organisations to ensure diversity amongst the parliament.
Should Sarah become one of the 60 members of parliament she promises to raise awareness and discuss important issues that are affecting the youth of Llanelli. The main issues that the Llanelli school-girl wants to discuss and address include unemployment rates; the rising crisis of drug use in schools as well as mental health issues of which she has undertaken training courses, workshops and advice for her father who is a GP.
What Sarah lacks in years she claims to make up with in experience helping young people: “I have learned skills from becoming the first S.T.E.P advisor in school. This role involves me helping pupils with their difficulties like family concerns, exam stress, drugs, mental health etc. I gain personal satisfaction from this. I strive for students to achieve a pleasant experience throughout their school life,” states the young teenager.
“As I am friendly, people approach me with their struggles, hence I can easily bring forward issues. That’s why I want to be apart of the Welsh Youth Parliament so I can use these skills on a bigger scale.”
Voting is now open for young people between the ages of 11-18. Young people can register to vote until the 18th of November, after this they will receive an email informing them on how to vote. Voting closes on the 25th of November and results of the election will be announced in December.
Register to vote at https://www.youthparliament.wales/