Young people from Shetland are being asked by the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) to stand up for what they believe in and make a difference in their communities by putting themselves forward as candidates in the March 2011 Youth Parliament elections.
The national organisation, which provides young people aged 14-25 a platform to represent young people across Scotland and an opportunity to influence politicians and formal decision makers, is looking for its next group of youth activists.
Anyone aged 14-25 will have the opportunity to either stand as a candidate in the elections, or vote in the upcoming elections.
For the first time the SYP will be bringing together all elections across Scotland into one nationwide process, from 14th-25th March, with the nomination system already launched in Shetland. Young people are asked to look out for the posters with details appearing in schools, youth clubs and public areas.
Tavish Scott MSP said: “I encourage young Shetlanders to make the islands’ case in the Scottish Youth Parliament. It’s vital that Shetland’s voice is heard and our islands have sent articulate young local people to make the case with great success. I hope we see an exciting local contest and I look forward to working with whoever successfully follows Nicole Moat after her highly effective term of office.”
Councillor Bill Manson, spokesman for education, children and young people, said: “A good slate of candidates is needed to ensure that young people in Shetland are able to choose the right people to represent them in the Scottish Youth Parliament. I urge any and all interested parties to put their names forward.”
Interested young people are being asked to go to www.syp.org.uk/elections or contact Martin Summers, local election co-ordinator, on email@example.com to sign up to stand as a candidate in the elections. The nominations process will close in January 2011.