This week, I look forward to speaking to the Youth Parliament candidates at the election results evening, as well as welcoming a group of students to Westminster as part of the ParliaMentors scheme. I have always been a keen advocate of encouraging young people to become interested and involved in politics and these initiatives make a real difference.
Firstly, I congratulate all those that will be elected as Members of the Warwickshire Youth Parliament. Having spoken in the past to many of those involved in the scheme, I know how such a role can instil confidence in young people and allow them to raise issues of importance to our younger generation. Whether it's access to work experience or raising the Living Wage, I am pleased that there is a mechanism to engage directly with MPs and councillors.
The ParliaMentors programme is run by the Three Faiths Forum and involves university students from a variety of backgrounds being mentored by MPs to achieve social change through long-term projects. Each student has put together a plan of action to have a positive impact on their communities and I am very pleased that we have a regular schedule of meetings.
Since 2007, over 300 people have graduated from the ParliaMentors scheme and the wide alumni network continues to engage in communities across the country.
For more information on the programme, please see www.3ff.org.uk.
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