The new Youth Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough is calling on young people in the town to join him and have their voices heard.
Ben Rowden, 15, was elected as the new Member of the Youth Parliament (MYP) for the town in February.
One of his first moves has been to create a MYP Forum which will see young people from the town meet regularly with Ben to discuss the important issues which matter to young people.
The forum will then help guide Ben on what he should concentrate on as MYP
Ben is hoping that young people between the ages of 11 and 18 and from all areas of the town will get involved.
Ben, who attends The King’s Academy, in Coulby Newham, said: “'The Youth Parliament really is a great way to give youth a voice and to make sure that the opinions of young people are listened to and implemented in legislation affecting them.
“However, like I said at the election, all of this is pointless unless you connect and interact with young people; so this is what the UKYP Youth Forum will do here in Middlesbrough, it will give people a chance to voice their thoughts, feelings and opinions to me and for me to then act on them.”
Ben’s initial priorities as MYP include the closures of youth centres in the town and tackling youth unemployment.
Ben will be attending a debate in the House of Commons in the autumn and a Youth Parliament event in Nottingham in July.
To contact Ben about being a member of his forum email: firstname.lastname@example.org