Budding politicians have stepped up to become the voice of their peers and will now represent Highfields on Wolverhampton’s Youth Council.
Anna Tabner and Samantha Hughes, both from Year 11, along with Shaan Bahia, from Year 8, attended a presentation evening celebrating their elections to the Youth Council. They were presented with certificates by the City’s Mayor, Councillor Phil Page, during the event.
The Youth Council, which formed in 2001, has evolved into a group for young people to make sure their views are considered by decision makers in Wolverhampton, as well as providing extra scrutiny for councillors.
Anna, Samantha and Shaan are among dozens of students from across Wolverhampton who will represent the views of all of the city’s young people as they confront decision makers about issues affecting their communities.
Shaan said: “I have always had an interest in politics; I enjoyed seeing MPs on the TV debating and putting their arguments across for what they believe is right. Then I thought about how much I would like to get involved with the Youth Council, especially after having an assembly for our year group about this topic.
“I feel honoured to be selected and it means a lot to me. I cannot wait to become part of a team, and put my views across to help young people in Wolverhampton.
“I am hoping to ensure that the young voices of Wolverhampton are heard, and to support them to hopefully make a difference; to gain new and unforgettable experiences, and make new friends.”
Samantha said: “I want to make a difference to young people in Wolverhampton in coming years and make the next generation of Wolverhampton a better one.
“It means a lot to be elected on to the Youth Council because I now get the opportunity to get my opinion across to the people that can change things in Wolverhampton.
“I'm hoping to improve the lives of young people in Wolverhampton.”