First session in office for MSYPs

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Scotland’s Youth Parliament has held its first sitting of the 2015-2017 session.

North Lanarkshire welcomed some of the newly elected young people for induction training, and was itself represented by nine members.

Rachael Brogan, one of Cumbernauld and Kilsyth’s two MSYPs, was appointed to the United Kingdom Youth Parliament. The area’s other representative is Aidan Lewis.

Rachael said: “I am delighted to have been elected as an MSYP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. I recently attended my first National Sitting as an MSYP, where we elected our new Board of Trustees and began our work for the 2015-17 term.

“I’m looking forward to taking on a range of work as an MSYP, including consulting with my constituents and finding out what issues are important to them as part of SYP’s manifesto consultation, Lead the Way.

“In particular, I hope to make a significant difference locally in tackling mental health stigmas.

“I’m looking forward to working with the young people in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth to raise awareness of mental health issues, and I hope to ensure local support is increasingly available and accessible.”

All of the MSYPs will work on major consultations – the Scottish Youth Parliament manifesto which sets out the agenda for the SYP’s next five years, and the UK Youth Parliament “Make Your Mark” which will prioritise the youth debates to be held in the House of Commons during November.

MSYPs will also work with youth forums to promote a campaign called “Poverty, See It, Change It”.

Another aspect of MSYPs’ work is to assist the Child Protection Committee.