Four students from Gordon’s School have been appointed members of the Surrey Heath Youth Council (SHYC).
Chloe Sharpe; Laurence Lisita-Robinson; Sophie Kluckow and Krishna Kler from the state boarding school in West End, Woking, will join about 20 other young people who either attend school or live in the area for weekly meetings in Camberley.
SHYC is a peer-led social action group which tries to improve the Surrey Heath area for all young people. Their aim is to be a voice for young people and increase their awareness and influence over issues which concern their lives. They run projects on a range of topics that matter to people in their age group, including town planning; transport and other council services. They have just started work on 'Preparing for Working Life', one of the top 5 concerns in a recent borough-wide survey.
Samena Mehmood, a Surrey Heath Youth Worker, commented that members of the council find that as well as making new friends and being fun, the SHYC provides new skills and experiences. There are also opportunities to get qualifications and awards while working for the council. “It is a good experience for young people to meet a complete range of other people with completely different backgrounds and views” she added.
Rob Pavis, Depty Head at Gordon’s School said: “We are delighted that these students will be helping our local community in this way and giving the youth in this area a voice.