East Ham MP Stephen Timms invites young people to his summer school


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Last week I had an excellent meeting with Newham’s Young Mayor, Jonathan Bennett, and Deputy Young Mayor, Adam Khaliq. We talked about the work of Newham Youth Council.Young people are keen to make a difference, and contribute to society. Too often they are denied opportunities and experiences which would allow them to engage with politics. I want to help remove the barriers.

So, for example, I offer work experience placements and internships in my office, and visit schools to discuss political topics.

This summer I will be launching a programme to offer young people a first-hand insight into politics.

The Stephen Timms Summer School will give students a chance to work with my office in Westminster and to experience civic life at the council and at the grass roots.

The programme will run for three weeks.

Week one will be split between the House of Commons in Westminster and Newham Council.

Participants will enjoy access to experienced professionals from the political world, and receive training in public speaking, in working with the media and in campaigning.

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Weeks two and three will be spent with a charity or community group in East Ham working on solutions to local issues.

If you are aged 16-17, have an interest in politics and want to develop new skills to help make our community better, this programme could be for you.

Applications are now open and will close at midday on April 4.

The summer school is for young people aged 16-17 who live in East Ham constituency (ie between Manor Park and Beckton – you can find out on my website if you live in the constituency), and expenses will be paid for lunch and travel.

It will run from July 21 to August 8. If you are interested, please visit my website: stephentimms.org.uk/summer-school.