Joel Mutagayika, moved from Tottenham in London last year and started at The Wellington Academy in September 2018 where he joined the school’s Army section and now proudly wears the Royal Engineers cap-badge.
He was encouraged by the Academy to apply for the opportunity to become a MYP for his local area as Joel has a keen interest in politics. He had to draw-up a manifesto as well as campaign at several different schools and youth clubs as part of the election process.
From this month he will take part in the national Youth Parliament and his focus will be on improving transport in rural Wiltshire and raising awareness of mental health issues.
MYPs across the UK work to give young people a voice – listening to marginalised groups, organising events, making films, meeting MPs, lobbying for change, organising campaigns and appearing in the media, all to amplify the views of their peers.