At the end of today I met with Mairi, Antonia and Mia (all in S5) in order that they could tell me about their involvement with the Edinburgh Youth Forum. The Edinburgh Youth Issues Forum is a partnership with young people and the City of Edinburgh Council and its partners to discuss and influence citywide youth issues and services. The Forum is open to all young people in the city aged 11-21.
They shared with me that the Youth Forum meets once a month to discuss community issues. Supporting them in their efforts are various partner agencies and local councillors. I was really impressed at how impassioned the girls were about wanting to make a difference to their local community. Areas we spoke about included litter and youth unemployment. The girls suggested that they might contact local employers to try and persuade them to offer opportunities to school leavers in the summer. I think this would be a novel approach and is one we agreed to return to in more detail.