Young people take over Southampton City Council
By Vincenzo Capozzoli in Schools
Published: Friday, 14 November 08 - 01:05 PM (GMT)
Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 November 08 - 11:39 PM (GMT)
Eight students from Cantell Maths and Computing College visited the civic centre last Friday to take an active role in running the Children’s Services and Learning Directorate. They were able to shadow and advise officers throughout the day, participating in there day to day business at the council.
It is all part of 11 Million Take Over Day - led by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley-Green - to give the 11 Million young people across the country a voice in its running.
I was able to sit in and give input to one of the sessions with Cllr Terry Mathews, Cabinet Member for Young People and Skills. He was able to explain the roles that were involved in his cabinet position and get feedback on some of the new ideas he is currently looking into implementing. I was also able to give input on life as a young councillor and what role I play in the council system.
To end the day the children were able to see the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Brian Parnell, for a tour of the Mayor’s Parlour.
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