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Our greatest asset in Scotland is our young people, and the untapped potential they represent. We want young people to be not just heard by decision makers, but to be involved in designing the policies and campaigns that matter most to them, and will change their lives.
My Scotland is a competition for fifth and sixth years to help shape the future of Scottish politics.
We want you to tell us what you think Scotland will look like in 20 years – and what politicians should do about it now.
How to enter?
You’ll need to submit 500 words on what you think Scotland will look like in 20 years and what you think politicians should do about it now.
We want to know what you’re really interested in – but here are a few themes if you need something to help channel your ideas:
- ENVIRONMENT: What will Scotland’s Environment look like in 20 years?
- EDUCATION: Will our Education system be as futuristic as you imagine?
- NHS: What kind of health service do you want to have?
- SPORT: Will how we play sport be different in 20 years?
- ARTS: What will music, arts and culture mean in Scottish politics in 20 years?
- THE EU: What might have happened with the European Union?
- HUMAN RIGHTS: What do you think will be the state of Human Rights in Scotland in 20 years?
The deadline for essays is 9th October. Whilst this competition is organised by the Scottish Labour Party, it isn’t party political. It is open to young people with any and all political views.
Essays will be read by a judging panel consisting of Iain Gray MSP, Patrick McGuire from Thompson’s Solicitors (who are sponsoring the competition), Lindsay McIntosh, Scottish Political Editor of The Times and a Head Teacher.
What’s the prize?
The top 10 entrants will get invited to a special one-day event in Edinburgh or Glasgow where they’ll take part in training sessions about politics with some of the best guest speakers, campaigners and speech-writers Scotland has to offer.
This will be on Saturday 24th October – so make sure you keep that day free. The top 10 students will have the opportunity to hone their entry into a speech and learn how to push their idea out to the press.
Following that event, we’ll identify 4 young people as our finalists. They will get:
- One-week work experience with both The Times and with law firm Thompsons to bring you even closer to fields related to political action
- An iPad mini
- The chance to give a speech at our Scottish conference in Perth at the end of October
- Behind-the-scenes access and a tour of conference
- Finalists will also be able to bring up to 5 friends and 1 teacher to the conference
What about the deadline?
You can submit your entries online until 5pm on Friday 9th October here.
We hope you’ll join us in getting the word out about this exciting competition. If you need any more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
– See more at: http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/blog/entry/my-scotland-competition-2015#sthash.ti9d8G1c.dpuf