student becomes member of UK Youth Parliament
Highbridge student has this week been elected as a member of the
UK Youth Parliament (UKYP).
Ramakrishnan, 15, attends King Alfred School in Highbridge and
will represent Sedgemoor.
campaigned mainly on enabling young people to be ready for the
world of work.
Deputy Member of Youth Parliament is Chelsea Close, 13, who attends
Haygrove School in Bridgwater.
UKYP has 600 elected MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) aged 11-18
who are elected representatives of their constituents.
results were announced at County Hall in Taunton this week and
the new MYPs will continue to receive support from Somerset County
Councils Youth and Community Services team during their
two year term.
election process starts with self nomination via schools. Young
people are then invited to attend a selection day, where four
candidates from each area were selected by their peers to go forward
for the open vote.
selected candidates then attend a Manifesto Day, where each candidate
wrote their manifesto which went to schools for young people to
read before voting.
candidates finishing second serve as deputies and Somerset also
has an Advisory Group of 30 young people from across the county,
which acts as a reference group for the MYPs.
Highbridge's Thrinayani Ramakrishnan with her Deputy Member of
Youth Parliament Chelsea Close