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Young Adults Academy | 20 – 22 July

Between the 20th and 22nd of July, Young people from all over London participated in the Young Adults Academy. The Young Adults Academy was a joint initiative between Model Westminster and the Young Adults Forum. The idea behind the Academy was to deliver a fun, interactive and stimulating three day event as a way for young people to learn, think and talk about politics and policy making.

We had an amazing time with some great speakers who had a wide range of political and policy making experience. These included Baroness Caroline Cox, a member of the House of Lords, and Shaun Bailey, a member of the London Assembly. We also had presentations from Cllr Hannah Barlow,, the Royal Statistical Society, the Faculty of Public Health, Debating London and Voting Counts amongst others.

One of the best parts of the Academy was the London Policy Challenge. This gave the young people the opportunity to work in groups to generate a policy solution and campaign to tackle a London problem. They then pitched their policy solution to a panel of experts on the final day!Policy proposals from the groups included:
• Organising a festival called ‘One London’ to promote equality, community integration and engagement.
• Starting a campaign called ‘No minimum age’ to advocate for a single minimum wage for young people that was equivalent to the full National Minimum Wage.
• A policy to tackle youth crime by introducing compulsory volunteering for each young person of two hours a week.
• A policy to increase the congestion charge to tackle the problem of pollution in London.

The group that proposed the policy to tackle youth crime ended up being declared the winners!

What the attendees said:
We had some great comments from both the speakers and the attendees. The speakers all commented on how much fun it was to talk about their areas of political or policy making expertise with a group of young people so keen to learn and engage. We asked the attendees to tell us what their favourite moment from the Academy was, and these were their responses:

‘The people selected to talk were absolutely brilliant. I was so inspired by everyone and a big thank you to all the organisers who put this event together’

‘I loved the talk given by Shaun Bailey. I wish the programme was a week long’

‘The variety of speakers and the links to new organisations eg. and Voting Counts’

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