Sunday, 7 March 2010
The Future is looking bright
All the participants gained credits towards the Award Scheme Accreditation Network, and one of the recipients was Neelam Rose, who shadowed me for 25 hours.
Neelam is an intelligent dynamic young woman. I was really pleased when she said at the end of her time with me that she would now consider standing for councillor. We need more young women like her in politics.
The evening itself was really moving and inspiring. The young people presented speeches, poetry and dance to express their experiences. Their confidence and insights were impressive. Special credit is due to Nick Anderson, who organised the scheme. Over 100 have now been through it.
I gave a speech in which I emphasised that I saw one of my roles as being to try and open doors to a younger generation, but only they can walk through them. Looking at the talent on display, I am confident many will do so.
The future for Birmingham looks bright...