Although the General Election is still a few months away, 15 year old Theo Youds is running for election to Youth Parliament representing Test Valley and New Forest.
Theo, who lives in Andover is a Year 10 pupil at Rookwood School and a Lance Corporal in the Army Cadet Force. He is newly elected as Deputy Chief Executive of Andover Youth Council and is passionate about giving young people a voice in their community.
His campaign centres around two policies:
- Creation of a curriculum for life – Theo firmly believes that schools should better equip young people for the future when they leave education with more practical lessons and a broader range of subjects.
- Better training for teachers and youth workers to enable earlier recognition and treatment of mental health issues, such as bi-polar disorder and depression, amongst young people.
Voting for Youth Parliament candidates is now open to anyone living in the area and aged 11-18. Each school and college have been given unique codes to enable voting online at mi-vote.com. Voting closes on 13th February.
If you have any questions for Theo, he can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org