I hope you all had a lovely holiday and a happy New Year! For my first post of 2016, I want to share with you all an amazing charity which I am part of – ‘The World Youth Organization’ (WYO). (http://www.worldyo.org/)
They are a global charity, aiming to empower young people. As ‘Head of Politics’, my role is to find political opportunities, and research ways we can improve political education.
Yesterday, the official WYO launch took place in Parliament. It was lovely to see so many people attending, wanting to learn more about the organisation and be involved! So much planning went into the event, from catering to lighting and photography, it was great to see it all finally pay off! It was my role to contact MPs informing them of the organisation, what it is we do and inviting them to the launch (if anybody who attended is reading this, thank you – it was a pleasure to meet you all!).
Yesterday, during the launch
Political education is key to increasing voter turnout, particularly within young people. If this is something you want to be involved in, WYO is a great platform to do so, although Warwick have lots of opportunities too. For example; ‘GotPolitics?‘ is a school outreach project led by the Warwick Politics Society. They teach politics to students at local schools on a weekly basis. My politics mentor (as a fresher, you have the opportunity to have a second year act as a ‘mentor’) Felix completed this last year and mentioned how great it was to be involved – so definitely check it out! Applications open in September, for the academic year. There is also the ‘Perspectives magazine’ which any student can publish in, covering a variety of international topics.
Do let me know if you have any specific questions about the opportunities offered here, will do my best!
Shanita 🙂 xx