On Monday 23 of April, I went to Harrogate, for the North Yorkshire Crime Commission Conference.
The North Yorkshire Youth Commission provides an opportunity for 14 to 25 year olds to learn about their local communities and give them the experience to influence decisions about policing and crime. Our team is full of diverse members from across North Yorkshire. Our role is to gather views on key issues from other young people. We also work alongside North Yorkshire Police and partners to actively develop recommendations for change.
At the conference, we informed people on our key findings and our recommendations to the police and other organisations.
When I went to gather research on alcohol and drug abuse from young people at ‘Door 84 youth club’, it was an eye-opener to a world I fortunately have never come across. It was an amazing experience to hear people’s stories and points of view on the matter. It was great to see at the conference how our research will set forth recommendations for change.
During the panel discussion which 9 of the North Yorkshire Youth Commissioners and I were a part of, we answered people’s enquires on certain matters, and also gave our personal opinions on how we can make progress and develop ways to prevent the problems we are facing as a community.
Overall it was a memorable day, it was a fantastic experience to be a part of a presentation in front of so many people. The North Yorkshire Youth Commission have provided me with life-changing opportunities, and I feel privileged to be a part of such a memorable and eye-opening experience.
The North Yorkshire Youth Commission has given me more confidence, not being afraid to voice my opinions. This Monday really was spectacular, to stand in front of people I’ve never met and be able to share my thoughts on things so close to my heart.
The views of young people are worth hearing, and it’s heart-warming to know that I am a part of a team that is trying to make their lives safer and better.
By Georgia Morgan