Herts Vote 2016: Young people have spoken!

29 February 2016

Youth Connexions has enabled young people across the county to take part in their annual vote for the top issues and for the representatives who will campaign for change.

Candidates set out their manifestos online and canvassed in schools, colleges and youth projects during December and January; voting took place in late January and early February. Each elected MYP will represent one of the ten districts for the year, until February 2017. The successful candidates were announced at County Hall on Saturday 27th February by County Councillor Richard Roberts, Executive Member for Children’s Services.

MYP 2016

Back row left to right: Tom, Broxbourne district,  Maxwell, North Herts district, Nick, Dacorum district, Mason, Stevenage district; Front row left to right: Yasmin, St Albans district, Tess, East Herts, Ellie,  Three Rivers, Django, Watford and Leon, Hertsmere (in the blue shirt). Not shown: Sam, DMYP for Welwyn Hatfield, who was not able to attend the announcement event.

 Congratulations to the newly elected representatives:

Broxbourne                         Tom, Sheredes School

Dacorum                             Nick, John F Kennedy School

East Herts                           Tess, Presdales School

Hertsmere                            Leon, Bushey Meads School

North Herts                          Maxwell, Hitchin Boys’ School

Stevenage                           Mason, Barclay School

St Albans                             Yasmin, St Albans Girls’ School

Three Rivers                        Ellie, Rickmansworth School

Watford                                Django, Watford Boys’ School

Welwyn Hatfield                    Sam, Chancellors School

Here’s what some of the newly elected MYPs said:

“I am so happy to have been elected to represent the youths of St Albans District. Thank you to everyone who has helped me in the campaign and for those who voted. I’m really looking forward to making young people voices heard!” Yasmin, MYP for St Albans district

 “As part of my election campaign I did three assemblies about Youth Parliament in my school, attended a Watford youth council meeting and encouraged many pupils at my school to vote in the election. I would like to thank everyone who voted for me because without their support I would not have the great opportunity of being a MYP. I am excited at the prospect of being a MYP this year because I would like to represent and help voice the opinions of all of the young people in Watford so that, hopefully, the changes that they want can be made a reality” Django, MYP for Watford district

“Such a great feeling to be elected as DMYP for north Herts. It was a real shock at first but now I'm just eager to get started campaigning for the priorities that the young people of Hertfordshire have voted for”. Max, DMYP for North Herts district

County Councillor Richard Roberts, Executive Member for Children’s Services, who announced the results said “I never cease to be amazed by the enthusiasm, commitment and sheer determination of the candidates and elected members of the Youth Parliament. It was an honour to welcome the young democrats and thank the veterans of the last year, at County Hall on Saturday. The passing of the baton is now established as a key event in the democratic calendar. Thank you to the candidates, winners and the thousands of students who voted for these young leaders.”

The successful Members of Youth Parliament will be leading on the Herts1125 five priority issues also voted for during the elections. The top five issues will now form the Herts1125 Hertfordshire Young People’s Manifesto 2016/17, and are:

Bullying; all forms of bullying (verbal, physical, cyber, etc.) should be treated equally and support should be available when required for victims of bullying.

Mental health and general wellbeing;  continue the work from 2014 Manifesto to improve services and support available for young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Body confidence and self-image; impact of social media trends, recognising the signs and symptoms of eating disorders and self-harm.

Equality in Herts: Equal rights should be promoted and discrimination actively tackled.

Access to health services; all young people should know their rights regarding confidentiality, support and access for both mental health and physical health services.

The MYPs will consult with young people across the county during May- July to find out their opinions on these issues and the changes that they would like to see made. The results will be collated and published in the Herts1125 Hertfordshire Young People’s Manifesto 2016/17 that will be launched and presented to senior members in October 2016.