Life after UK Youth Parliament
Its amazing to see what the young people who are elected as Members of Youth Parliament, their Deputies and the UKYP Advisory Group members can acheive when they are part of the group. Of course, they all eventually leave the group and move on to other things over time, often leaving us wondering "what are they doing now?"
Recently we received an update from Thrinayani Ramakrishnan who was previously the MYP for the Sedgemoor and Mendip area. Thrinayani is now at Southampton University studying Maths with Actuarial Science and also works part time for the Uni's Centre for Cancer Immunology (as well as raising funds for them). In addition, Thrinayani is Communications Officer for Southampton's Acturial Society and recently met Princess Anne in her role as a Youth Advisor for UNICEF UK.
Thrinayani feels that the time she spent as part of the Somerset UK Youth Parliament groups was really helpful, saying "I think the credit goes to UKYPAG, I probably would not have built up those skills of communication and campaigning and trying to make a difference if it wasn't for you and the UKYPAG team so thank you!"
Kate Darlington, the Youth Worker for the UKYP Group said "She's an amazing young woman! A strong, compassionate & commited female role model who advocates for equality & Somerset UKYPAG (past & present members) is very proud of her."
How to stop an Islamophobic attack
I recently saw an article on A+ featuring a brilliant cartoon by 'Maeril' showing how you can stop an islamophobic attack in four easy steps. The article repsonds to the growing frequency of such attacks. However, the real beauty of the steps shown are that they could be applied to any kind of verbal abuse - whether it is bullying, racial motivated, anti-religious etc.
Click the image below to see the article
Sexual consent has been talked about extensively in the media of late. It is often described as being a 'complicated' issue, which can mean people are given more leaway than they should when they act without clear consent. They key to consent is communication - if in doubt ask! The person you need consent from is right there, ask them if it's OK! If they say no, are not able to respond (because they are too drunk, for example) or seem unsure or ill at ease then consent has not been given.
A couple of really useful analogies have been written which express how straightforward consent actually is, click on the images below to read these analogies.