Meeting Islington’s young people
Youth councillor Honey Baker tells IslingtonLife about how she and her fellow youth councillors are getting to know local young people…
One of the main things we wanted to do when we were elected was to meet as many young people in
Islington as possible. So we’re holding monthly Meet and Greet sessions at different venues like youth hubs and schools.
Our first session at Rose Bowl focused on youth provision and Youth Councillor Zarin introduced the facilities provided at the centre to everyone who attended.
We used the next session at Platform to discuss ideas with young people, and they helped choose the name of The Launchpad for the summer activity programme for 16-24 year olds!
Personally, I ran an information stand at my school – Arts and Media School Islington – and I was so pleased that over 40 young people visited the stall, which provided information about the youth council and summer activities.
I love speaking with young people face to face and hearing their thoughts and ideas about free time activities, and I’ll definitely be running more stalls later this year.
In addition I’m hoping to set up a meeting with my head teacher to talk about work experience.
Young people have also contacted us directly about issues concerning them, including housing, help with schoolwork and improving education around keeping safe in relationships.
We’re planning to hold more Meet and Greet sessions over the coming months.
Please keep in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram @IslingtonYC, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – you can even tell us where you think our next session should be held!