Year 10 Budehaven student, Indigo Haynes, has been elected for a second term as MYP for East Cornwall. She campaigned on the mental health crisis facing young people in Cornwall and threw her support behind the UK Youth Parliament’s national campaign to lower the voting age to 16.
Students in all schools across Cornwall voted for prospective MYPs in their areas, and Indigo’s successful re-election was announced at County Hall, in Truro, on Saturday 2nd March.
Indigo delivered a presentation in the council chamber about her experiences and campaigns during her previous term.
She spoke about her visit to the Houses of Parliament and how awe-inspiring it was to debate in the House of Commons. Indigo said:
‘Youth Parliament has offered me opportunities that I otherwise would not have had, and has allowed me to represent the views of young people at a national level.’
After the presentations of out-going MYPs, it was announced that Indigo had been re-elected to serve a second term and she was joined by her new fellow Cornish MYPs and their deputies.
Speaking of her plans for her second term, Indigo said,
‘I will focus on the mental health services available in East Cornwall and use my influence to make them as accessible and beneficial for young people as possible. I will be working with ‘Speak-Up Cornwall’ who send out videos and support materials for teachers and GPs, and I will also be working alongside Sowenna YP Board, a group of young people being consulted on the new mental health facility in Bodmin’.
Indigo also reaffirmed her intention to continue the campaign for Votes at 16 ‘so that young people can have a real voice in the decisions that affect all of us.’