A Whitby teenager will speak up on behalf of thousands of other youngsters across the district after being picked as a member of the UK’s Youth Parliament.
Olivia Newton (14) from Aislaby is one of six young people from North Yorkshire to have been voted on by her peers to become a member of the organisation which has around 600 members aged between 11 and 18.
She will represent the county during this year and next at regional and national events.
Founded in 2000, the parliament represents the views of young people in their area to government and other organisations meeting regularly to hold debates and plan campaigns at venues including the British Museum, the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
This year its campaign issue is A Curriculum for Life - that life skills should be a key part of school education.
Olivia, who is studying for her GCSEs and a BTEC in Art at Whitby Community College said: “ I see this as an opportunity to help me achieve my life goal of going into politics and working my way up to the highest level.
“I am passionate about this as I want to do something with my life that makes a difference and will help other people.
“ As a member of Whitby and North Yorkshire Youth Council I already have some experience of helping make the area better for young people.
“I am really concerned about transport, better facilities and a cleaner environment and would like to see something improved by hard work and determination.”
Olivia, who is also a member of Whitby and District Youth Council and North Yorkshire Youth Council, hopes to pursue a career in politics in the future and although she would like to study at university she is unsure about what subject she would like to do.
Key campaigns for North Yorkshire Youth Council this year are access to transport for young people, sex, drugs and gender issues.