Barack Obama may be changing the face of American politics but what does it mean for young people here in Britain? This was just one of the tough questions posed to a member of East Sussex's Youth Cabinet when he was invited to the BBC Radio 4 studios for a special Obama show.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Barack Obama may be changing the face of American politics but what does it mean for young people here in Britain?
This was just one of the tough questions posed to a member of East Sussex’s Youth Cabinet when he was invited to the BBC Radio 4 studios for a special Obama show.
Liam Francis, 15, who attends Tideway School, Newhaven, is a member of East Sussex Youth Cabinet for the Lewes area and also sits on the UK Youth Parliament.
The Youth Cabinet members meet once a month and represent young people on issues such as transport, drugs, the environment, sexual health, bullying and exams.
Because of the work Liam does in youth politics he was approached by BBC Radio 4’s ‘Go4it’ programme who wanted a MYP from a black or minority ethnic background to talk to an audience of primary school children about how they feel about Barack Obama.
Liam, appeared alongside David Lammy, MP, who represents Tottenham and is Minister of State at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills in government.
Liam said: “It was an amazing experience and totally fascinating. It was great not only taking part in the show but I also want to go into broadcasting when I’m older so it gave me a really good opportunity to see how radio programmes work.
“I think it went really well. It was a live recording and the actual show took about 30 minutes. It was basically a discussion about Barack Obama and our views on him. I think he’s an amazing man who will open up all sorts of doors and opportunities for many more people.”
At the visit Liam spoke to David Lammy and Go4It’s presenter Barney Harwood about his future career. Both offered him a huge amount of help and opportunities which he is hoping to take up very soon.
Councillor Keith Glazier, East Sussex County Council’s Lead Member for Children and Adult Services, said: “The Youth Cabinet is a great chance for our young people to make a difference to issues that matter to them. They have become such a valuable asset to us and do excellent work in raising the profile of children in East Sussex. This is just one example of the fantastic opportunities offered to Youth Cabinet members.”
The show was aired on Sunday January 18, just before President Obama's inauguration.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Youth Cabinet or other ways for young people to get involved in politics, contact Karen Gregory, East Sussex County Council’s Participation Worker, on 01273 476185.
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