Pop Up Parliament at the University of St Mark & St John to debate issues decided by young people aged 16-19 years was an outstanding success.
The inaugural Pop Up Parliament was chaired by Plymouth Moor View MP Alison Seabeck with a panel that featured Mike Jarman, chief executive of the Zone, Ann Kinahan, chief executive of the Plymouth Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Dan Whitby, president of the University’s Student Union.
The event – held in the University’s Desmond Tutu Theatre – was part of a series of Parliament Week events held both citywide and nationwide.
A wide range of youth and community partner agencies collaborated to open up Parliament Week to young people across Plymouth, the South West and the rest of the country.
In Plymouth project partners included Southway Youth Centre, the Zone (Plymouth), Wiser Wonga, Plymouth Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Whitleigh Salvation Army, Barefoot Project, Plymouth Youth Sailing and the University of St Mark & St John Archive Project.
The event at the University was also supported by the South West Parliamentary Outreach Officer.
Whitby said: “It was great to see how many young people have a passion for how the country is run and proof that if politicians can engage young people they are able to make informed decisions.
“The debate was lively and those who attended were clearly well informed. I think it was a valuable experience for all.”
Find out more about our and MA Youth and Community Work programmes at our next BIG Open Day.
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