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OSH student running for UK Youth Parliament

January 15th, 2015

OSH student Deepika Khali has been selected as a candidate for Dudley in the UK Youth Parliament elections.

Deepika, aged 17 from Dudley, is currently studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths A Levels at OSH and is hoping to pursue a career in medicine. She has started her election campaign and will be speaking at OSH’s full assembly on 21 January to enlighten OSH students on why she is the best candidate. Deepika will also be speaking at other schools in the borough to promote her campaign.

Commenting on her potential election Deepika said, “If I was elected, the most important part of my job as a Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) would be to make sure I represent the views of young people in my constituency, so I will need to find opportunities to speak to as many people as possible. Any MYP can set up a campaign and any young person can support it”.

Why Vote for Deepika?

  • She will make sure that the views of young people in her area are portrayed in such a way that they make an impact and urge people to take action.
  • She will make sure that students at OSH are aware of all the opportunities and campaigns that they could become involved in.

How to Vote: Ballot papers are delivered to all primary and secondary schools throughout the Dudley Borough and voting takes place from 19th – 31st January.

As part of the Dudley Youth Council and through the Dudley Youth Forum, Deepika has gained experience on how to portray her own views and those of others. If elected, her main campaign would be ‘work experience’ for young people. She would like to see a list produced of all the employers that offer work experience, as it is often difficult for students to find work experience for their chosen careers.

Run by young people, the UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. Every year the parliament chooses a national campaign and for 2015 they will be campaigning for a living wage for all. Mental health was also chosen as a priority campaign for England.

Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected biennially. Once elected MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.