Kingston’s Outgoing MYP for 2010
“So what have I achieved during my three years in office…?”
During the last 10 years it has truly been a journey and a half… nevertheless a journey that has shaped my thinking, enhanced my personality and instilled a future for me. Joining Kingston Youth Council back in 2006, I never envisaged that I would be where I am today.
Growing up on a rough council estate in South London was one of many challenges I have had to face in my life and it wasn’t easy. One of the best decisions myself and my family made was for me to attend school at Chessington Community College (CCC). CCC was the beginning of the road to success for me, and has been a pillar in my life. I owe a huge weight of gratitude to the teachers at CCC who empowered, inspired, motivated, and believed in me, even when I was most challenging.
During my three years as one of Kingston’s Member of Youth Parliament, I have achieved some great things and have overcome some major boundaries.
Improving the relationship between young people and the Police:
In 2006, I was invited by then Borough Commander Laura Nicholson, to join her advisory group. My role included advising Laura on various issues and topics, regarding young people and the Police. This was a major break through for the Youth Council, as the first young person in Kingston to engage with the Police in this capacity. Four years later, I am still very much a part of the advisory group to Kingston’s present Borough Commander Martin Greenslade. During the last four years, I have contributed heavily to the reduction of youth crime in the Borough, this has been achieved by working with the Borough Commander to increase the number of Police officers on the transport system, and by increasing the amount of youth and Police engagement, by means of youth club drop-ins, and sport and community activities.
Basement Youth Cafe:
In 2009 the Basement Youth Cafe in Kingston (opposite Tiffin Boys) opened. I was one of the leading young people on this project, I managed to secure over 60% of the costs needed to renovate the deserted space before it was transformed into the safe haven it is currently referred to as. The Youth Cafe had long been an ambition of the young people on the Youth Council and when this idea finally materialised, I was delighted to be able to guide the direction of this project.
During the last 12-15 months, I have spent a lot of time engaging with different community groups, schools and youth clubs to publicise the work of the Youth Council, to ensure that young people are continuing to have a voice in major decision making. This has included various bus route consultations, tackling community issues, crime and anti-social behaviour and improving provision for young people.
“I have so much more to share with you, but so little space.. should you wish to find out more about what I have achieved with the Youth Council, please do get in touch”. Visit www.younglivin.org.uk for more information.
ps. From 2011, I will be working as a youth worker on the Youth Council and will be continuing to help shape it for the future.whilst also supporting Kingston’s MYP for 2011, Stefeni Cownley and her peers on the Youth Council.
All the best,
Outgoing Member of Youth Parliament for Kingston 2010