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Reading School student, Kaloyan G (12VGG) becomes Member of the UK Reading Youth Council

We are proud to announce Year 12 student, Kaloyan G (12VGG) has been appointed a member of the Reading Youth Council.

Kaloyan started Reading School in September, in Year 12.  He is currently studying A Level - English Literature, Geography and Spanish. 

The Reading Youth Council is a group of elected representatives who campaign on issues that matter to the young people of Reading. They make a difference by voicing all opinions to the decision-makers. Some of the things you can get involved with include:

  • Taking part in planning, delivering and evaluating services for young people
  • Consulting, meeting and influencing decision-makers
  • Consulting with young people
  • Promoting positive images of young people
  • Taking part in interviews for Brighter Futures for Children
  • Campaigning for important issues for all young people in Reading

We spoke with Kaloyan about his new role as UK Youth Council for Reading:

How did you get involved with the Reading Youth Council? What were your motivations? What did the application process involve?

“I have always been passionate about my community and encouraging others to join me in making a difference. I enjoy public speaking and have won two public speaking competitions, hosted at the University of Reading. Together with Dr Sally Lloyd Evans and the Whitley Young Researchers, we won the prestigious Inspire Award at the University of Reading Research Engagement and Impact Awards 2018. I am also a Social Action Youth Leader for Reading Voluntary Action and had the opportunity to speak on BBC Radio Berkshire at the end of March, to discuss the safety of young people in Reading. 

I was encouraged by a teacher from my previous school, the John Madejski Academy, to apply to become a member of the Reading Youth Council.  My campaign was successful, and I joined in 2019.”

What will your duties and responsibilities be as a member of the UK Youth Parliament? How long will you be in post?

“Reading Youth Council is a group of elected representatives, from different schools in Reading, who campaign on issues that matter to the young people of Reading. All the members, including myself, have campaigned across schools in Reading to encourage voting and youth participation. I have already introduced the work of Reading Youth Council to Reading School, with the help of Mr D McGall and Mr A Lloyd (Assistant Heads), by giving presentations to Year 7 and 8. 

Soon after I joined, I was elected as their Press and Communications Officer, where I had the responsibility of writing our press releases and managing our social media. During our annual event in January (where we presented our work on the campaigns), I had the privilege of interviewing key members of the Reading Borough Council and other organisations regarding mental health services and self-care for young people.

After two years as a member of the Reading Youth Council, last week I was elected as Reading's Member of the UK Youth Parliament. What my new role entails is representing the views of the young people of Reading in the British Youth Council, on a national level. Another important aspect of the role is working with important decision-makers, like our local MPs, to discuss youth policies and what we can do together in parliament to benefit our campaigns.

This year our three campaigns will be Stopping Plastic Pollution, Mental Health and Transforming Education. These campaigns were decided on by thousands of young people's votes, during the British Youth Council's annual ‘Make Your Mark’ event. In November, I will have the opportunity to take part in debates with fellow MYPs from across the country, in the House of Commons. I am very proud to represent Reading and Reading School at these important events.”

How can current students get involved? Where do they apply?

“Soon, we will be holding elections for new members for the Reading Youth Council. I will be looking forward to helping and supporting anyone, that wishes to apply, with the application process.”

What are your plans for when you leave Reading School? Degree/Apprenticeship etc.

“Regarding future aspirations, I am looking to study a degree in International Relations, to help pursue a career in either journalism or diplomacy.”

Mr D McGall (Assistant Head) said:

“Kaloyan (Kalvin) is a really impressive young man, having made an instant impact since he joined us in the Sixth Form in numerous ways including recently being interviewed on the radio.  He is willing to share his achievements and offers mentoring to the younger pupils to enable them to benefit from participating in such important initiatives.”

Mr A M Robson (Headmaster) stated:

“Congratulation to Kaloyan on being elected as a member of the UK Youth Parliament.  An outstanding achievement and the campaigns that Kaloyan will be working on also align with the School’s focus on sustainability, mental health and transforming and enhancing education, key considerations beyond the pandemic.  Being a part of social change is vital for our young people and I commend Kaloyan on being a role model to our younger students, advocating the importance of participation. This also demonstrates Kaloyan’s leadership and integrity.  We have to be the change we want to see.”

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