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Youth MP joins forces with YMCA

Date Posted: 07/02/2018 | Posted In: Latest news

Darlington’s MYP and QE student, Mille Tezcan, has continued to make an impact on the local community by participating in Darlington Borough Council’s annual Takeover Challenge. Launched in 2007 to place young people into adult, decision-making roles within organisations, the event provides a valuable insight into the world of work and allows businesses to gain a fresh perspective on important issues. Aided in her application by Youth Participation Officer, Andrew Whittam, Mille was successful in obtaining a place with Darlington’s YMCA and began her day by meeting Sarah Hackett, Chief Executive Officer of the Tees Valley YMCA. Following a brief introduction and some advice from Sarah, Mille spent the remainder of her time with the YMCA preparing and serving Christmas dinner to the homeless as part of the organisation’s Christmas Dinner Day.

Reflecting upon this eye-opening experience, Mille explains: ‘I really enjoyed the day and learnt a lot about what the YMCA actually does. The workers are extremely supportive and you realise that people have become homeless through no fault of their own. The event has definitely inspired me to want to volunteer at a food bank in the future and help those who need it most’.

As Darlington’s MYP since September 2017, Mille has campaigned endlessly on a number of issues including raising awareness of mental health issues and reducing the waiting times for appointments with CAMHS. She has also been involved in the national campaign to reduce the voting age to 16 and is now assisting the next group of candidates with their manifestos and campaigns. When asked about what advice she would give to Darlington’s next MYP, Mille concludes: ‘You must try and ensure that the voices of young people are heard in everything you do’.

Tim Fisher, Principal, adds: ‘Not only has Mille strived to make a positive impact on the lives of young people in Darlington and the UK, but she is now going beyond this and attempting to help those who are less fortunate within society. She has a wonderfully bright future ahead of her and we wish her every success’.