ONE of Midlothian’s two members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) is encouraging local youngsters to take her place as she prepares to step down.
Gina Clark, (25), from Penicuik, a youth transition support worker for Midlothian Council, will be too old when the next elections take place in March. This will make way for another keen youngster ready to represent their county, with candidate applications closing this Friday.
Gina explained more about what it takes to be a MSYP and revealed how much she will miss it: “I think it’s a great thing to do, I was very proud to be in the Scottish Youth Parliament, it was an honour to do it. I have loved it, it’s been great.
“You have a feeling that you can make a difference and make sure that the views of young people in Midlothian can be heard.
“It doesn’t matter how much you know about politics. I knew nothing before I started. I know a little now, but it’s not about that.
“It’s just for people that have a passion for making sure that young people are getting their voices heard and being treated fairly. If that sounds like you, then this is right up your street.”
As long as you are aged between 14 and 25 (at March 15), live, work or study in Midlothian and can demonstrate a passion and commitment, then you can join the Scottish Youth Parliament. Make sure you get in quick though, register your interest by contacting Clare Taylor-Brown on 0131 270 5777. You have until this Friday (25 January).
For more on this feature, pick up the January 24 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.