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Councillor helps young people have their say

September 10, 2017 11:42 AM

A photograph of Cllr Mason with Dom Bielby and Joseph Johnson-Tod with Youth Voice apprentice Shelly Reed

Cllr Mason with Dom Bielby and Joseph Johnson-Tod with Youth Voice apprentice Shelly Reed

Councillor Ashley Mason (Liberal Democrat, Dringhouses and Woodthorpe) has welcomed Youth Councillors from York Youth Council to West Offices to discuss how they can become more engaged in City of York Council's decision-making process.

Local students Dom Bielby (Member of the Youth Parliament for York) and Joseph Johnson-Tod (who chairs the Youth Council) recently met with Councillor Ashley Mason for a presentation regarding the Council's structure, how decisions are made and how young people can influence the Council's work.

The UK Youth Parliament is currently balloting young people in York on a range of topics to decide which issue the Youth Parliament should focus on in 2018. Voting is open until Friday 6 October and the ballot is open to anyone under the age of 19.

Young people can vote online at: www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk

According to the Youth Parliament website:

"Make Your Mark gives a unique opportunity to reach out to young people who go on to be opinion formers and leaders of the future. This year, through school, online and through our grassroots we'll be reaching out to young people once again.

"Last year a total of 978,216 young people from every corner of the country took part in the annual Make Your Mark ballot. The ballot will decide what Members of the UK Youth Parliament should debate and vote on to be their campaign for in 2018."

Cllr Ashley Mason, York's youngest Liberal Democrat councillor, said:

"I was delighted to welcome these talented young people to West Offices to discuss how they can get young people's voices heard in the city. It's great to see them taking an interest in politics and local government and I look forward to seeing the results of the Youth Parliament ballot."