Young Adults Academy – August 2017

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Young Adults Academy | 9 – 11 August 2017

Between the 9th and 11th of August, Young people from all over London and the UK participated in the Young Adults Academy. The Young Adults Academy is a joint initiative between Model Westminster and the Young Adults Forum. The idea behind the Academy is to provide young people with the opportunity to gain practical political skills and knowledge to launch their own campaign on an issue they care about.

The Academy brings young people in contact with experts in areas such as politics, policy making, campaigning, debating and public speaking for a fun and interactive programme that includes talks, debates, games and group work.

We had an amazing time with some great speakers. You can view the full programme and list of speakers here.

One of the best parts of the Academy is the London Challenge. This gives the young people the opportunity to work in groups to generate a policy solution and campaign to tackle a London problem. They then need to pitch their policy solution to a panel of experts on the final day.

Challenges that the groups tackled included:

1. Mental health in young people
2. The Tampon Tax
3. Support for young people transitioning from school to Adulthood
4. The lack of support for young people leaving social care

Feedback from the attendees
We asked the attendees to complete a feedback form and tell us what their favourite part of the Academy was. Below are some of their responses:

• It was amazing. The leaders and speakers were so passionate
• It should be longer!!
• The public speaking session was so useful!

A special thanks to Hogan Lovells and Parliament for hosting us. Look out for the next Young Adults Academy and register, so that you can also get involved and enjoy this amazing experience!

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