Youth Summit December 2013
The December 2013 Youth Summit brought together about 180 young
people from across the West Midlands to celebrate the announcement
of fourteen Youth Commissioners, elected through democratic
processes chosen by their peers, to serve the seven local authority
areas of the West Midlands.
The Youth Summit was honoured by the guest appearance of
international reggae star Roach Killa, who spoke and performed at
the event. Roach Killa, who has been visiting schools in
Birmingham, with his message 'Drop the knife, pick up a pen,'
talked about his campaign. His aim is to encourage young
people to use writing as a way to express their feelings instead of
turning to violence, which can wreck lives.
The event also featured a feedback kiosk, which gave people the
opportunity to share their views with the Police and Crime
Commissioner. Some of the feedback footage from the kiosk can
be seen at the link below.
The decision to appoint Youth Commissioners was the outcome of a
Youth Summit event held in January 2013. At this summit, 180
young people were asked how the Police and Crime Commissioner could
give young people the opportunity to influence the development of
on-going consultation and engagement mechanisms.
The young people at the event suggested options for ways they
wanted to be consulted. In addition to the appointment of
Youth Commissioners, these included engagement through social media
and the creation of a Youth Commission. These options offer a
variety of ways in which young can engage in order to suit the
diverse nature of the population of this area. The Youth Commission
will consist of the Youth Commissioners and some additional young
people to ensure the Commission is representative of the West
The Commission will meet 6 times a year, with an annual youth
summit which will led by the Youth Commission, where they will
report back on the work that has been done for that year and
consider their work for the forthcoming year.
Information about the Youth Commissioners, including their
biographies is available here.
Videos from the event:
Youth Summit - Full version