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Medway has 18 mainstream secondary schools, made up of 6 grammar schools, 2 comprehensive schools, 1 bi-lateral school, 5 high schools, 3 academies and 1 independent school; 2 special schools and 4 special units catering for pupils at KS3/4. It is the intention that through the network created by this project every young person in these schools will have the opportunities for their voice to be heard by the decision-makers in Medway, nationally and internationally. Democracy is encouraged in schools and help and advice offered in running and training student councils.
The Medway Youth Parliament forms the hub of the participation work in Medway. A network has been created which enables issues to be raised and fed back through the members to a very large majority of young people in Medway. When young people from hard to reach groups are identified and settled in to any active participation they are encouraged to join the Youth Parliament to represent their peers. The staff team actively seek to remove barriers that may prevent participation by such groups.
Medway Youth Parliament has built an excellent reputation for its representation of young people in Medway, locally, nationally and internationally - and has been approached by national and international organisations to attend events and make presentations.
Youth groups throughout Medway are invited to have a representative on the Youth Parliament and offered help and advice in setting up or sustaining youth forums.
MYP members with David Cameron
UKYP members with John Bercow,
Speaker of the House of Commons
MYP members with Gordon Brown
and with Ed Balls and Paul Clark