This weekend (Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April) the newly recruited SYPeers and the Aye Naw Mibbe Participation Champions will be taking part in a residential training weekend where the new peer educators will learn about SYP, and develop skills in communication and campaigning. The weekend is an opportunity for volunteers to familiarise themselves with their role of championing the work of the Aye Naw Mibbe project in local communities. It is an opportunity for them to think about how to engage other young people in the voting process, and also to learn all about voter registration. We have a fun-filled and educational weekend ahead for all SYPeers and Participation Champions!
Check out what some of the MSYPs who will be attending had to say ahead of this weekends events.
Rachael McCully MSYP for East Kilbride:
“As MSYPs we are a voice for all young people across Scotland, but we also seek to empower them to use their own voice and voting is just one way we can do this. Becoming a Participation Champion will enable us to lead on our youth friendly voter engagement project, Aye Naw Mibbe. It is a fantastic opportunity to ensure young people are properly informed and can learn more about the voting process and how it affects them, and so I was delighted to have the chance to chair this group. This weekend marks the peer educator residential training, where the Participation Champions including myself, peer educators and staff will be discussing voter engagement and working to build and further shape our already successful new project, Aye Naw Mibbe. I’m looking forward to taking part and adding to this weekend’s activities and become closer with all the group. I hope we can come away with a strong foundation from which we can further engage and promote young voter engagement across Scotland.”
Terri Smith MSYP for Edinburgh and Northern Leith:
“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into my role as a Participation Champion. The next few years are going to be exciting in terms of the democratic opportunities arising for the young people of Scotland. This weekend I am hoping to learn the importance of registering to vote and I’m looking forward to meeting the new SYPeers and working with the other participation champions”
Nicola Pringle MSYP for Midlothian South, Lauderdale and Tweedale:
“I am extremely excited for the residential weekend! It will be a brilliant opportunity to meet with the SYPeers and develop a relationship with so we can work together in the future. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to outline what our key aims are for the project. I can’t wait to meet with the other Participation Champions so we can all combine our ideas, as there seems to be plenty! This weekend will give us a chance to work together and put together a campaign which will not only attract young voters, but inform them. Excitement is an understatement!”
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