Yr9 student elected to UK Youth Parliament

Angela Hangero from Year 9 will represent Sandwell as one of two new Youth Parliament members elected before Easter.

UKYP sees 369 members from across the country representing the views of young people in their area to government and service providers as part of the British Youth Council.

More than 9,000 children and young people across 164 organisations, including schools and youth clubs voted in Sandwell, and speaking after a ceremony at the Council headquarters Angela pledged to give young people a voice and to make Sandwell’s streets safer, in particular for women and girls:

“I will be a good Member of Youth Parliament for our future generation of Sandwell, by developing our young society and being the voice for the voiceless and letting the young community of Sandwell be heard.”

The 14 year old will be joined by 18 year old Kashvi Khanna from West Bromwich, both were sworn in at a ceremony on 18th March, speaking at the time Councillor Simon Hackett, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, had special praise for all of those taking part:

“I want to congratulate Angela and Kashvi on becoming Members of Youth Parliament and thank all the candidates that were shortlisted. Their campaigning efforts and pledges have captured children and young people’s imaginations and votes.

“As part of our pledge to gain UNICEF Child Friendly status, it is vital we continue to listen to the views of our young people to enable the child’s voice to have a real influence in decisions across the whole of the council. I look forward to working with our new members of Youth Parliament to make a real difference to children and young people across the whole of Sandwell.

“These young people will represent Sandwell at a national level and I have every faith they will be real advocates for our young people and for our area.”