Schoolgirl launches campaign to join UK Youth Parliament
A schoolgirl has launched a campaign to become a member of the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP).
Molly Tompsett who lives in Addiscombe, hopes to be elected an MYP at elections in Croydon that will take place next month.
UKYP provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
Molly Tompsett is campaigning to join UK Youth Parliament
The 13-year-old has built her campaign around three policies, one of which is to help stop the stereotyping of young people.
The St Andrew's High School pupil said: "I want to stop the stereotyping of young people, particularly in Croydon where teenagers' reputation isn't always positive.
"Teenagers are often associated to gang crime, especially if they are wearing hoodies and I think that its really bad."
Raising awareness of mental health issues is another topic Molly feels strongly about. She suffers from Aspergers Syndrome and said she knows what it feels like to be labelled as different.
The teenager believes there should be workshops set up in a schools which educate children and staff about how to deal and treat people with mental health problems.
"I feel there needs to be a lot done to raise awareness, for instance if you see a child screaming in a shopping centre, you might think that child is being bad but people need to understand that they could have a mental health issue," she said.
Molly's third policy aims to improve facilities at youth clubs.
She said: "A lot of people find youth clubs boring, but if they are better facilitated more young people will want to go."
The aspiring writer loves reading and hopes to one travel the world and set up her own charity.
She added: "I want people to know that teenagers are not all negative. We want to be treated and accepted as young adults and then we can grow into a generation that will someday change the world."
The election results will be announced at the town hall on November 29.
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