Over 5,440 young people from across Wearside have voted to elect members to the UK Youth Parliament.
The UK Youth Parliament was formally established in January 2001, with the aim of giving young people aged 11 to 18 a voice to be heard by local and national government and providers of youth services.
Young people from every local authority in the UK feed their local issues into the national arena and the Youth Parliament meets nationally on an annual basis.
This is the eighth time Sunderland have participated in the elections to appoint youth representatives. This year nine candidates stood for two seats to represent Sunderland’s young people.
Sunderland’s ballot is organised by Together for Children, which delivers children’s services on behalf of Sunderland City Council.
All candidates were invited to Together for Children’s head office on Thursday 12 March where Jill Colbert, Chief Executive of Together for Children, announced the new members.
Jill Colbert, Chief Executive of Together for Children, said: “The Youth Parliament gives young people a say on the issues that matter to them, as well as an understanding of government and the opportunity to act as ambassadors for their school and wider community.”
Faye Drinkald,17 from Southmoor school and Harvey Gordon, 17 from Bede College will become Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP) and will represent the views of Sunderland young people for the period March 2020 to February 2022.
Faye Drinkald, said: “Young people want to make a difference and a positive contribution and that’s what I want to do.”
Harvey Gordon, said: “I’m proud to be elected to represent the views of young people from Sunderland.”
The two young people who placed third and fourth in the election will take up the position of Deputy MYP.
To find out more about the UK Youth Parliament please visit http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk.