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Life Skills


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What has YCAB been doing?

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In 2017, young people in MK chose Life Skills as their most important issue. Life skills are elements that are essential for young people to learn in order to be well prepared for adult life. 

For this campaign YCAB has:

  • Lobbied the Open University to create online courses. Unfortunately nothing has happened on that
  • Researched websites (see below) that young people might find useful
  • Created a summer programme of workshops that young people can sign up to

How to Survive Life - Summer Programme  

There are eight different courses to choose from. You can choose which ones you want to do, for free. We just ask that if you can't make it, please let us know so that someone on the waiting list gets the opportunity.  We hope that you find these courses useful.  Summer Programme 2018 (PDF, 933KB) 

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Nominations for MK YCAB 2019-2021 have now closed. 

Follow us on social media to find out the latest campaigns and projects members are currently working on.

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Youth Cabinet past events and achievements


YCAB have been awarded £30,000 of funding for the next three years, giving the Youth Cabinet full responsibility over their budget so they can prioritise and make decisions directly. Read more about YCAB funding.

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Pizza and politics

Then newly elected YCAB members arranged to meet with councillors to discuss issues raised in the 2017 youth elections and share pizza and cake. In small groups YCAB members discussed mental health, education and bullying amongst other issues. 

MK Council Budget Consultation 2017

YCAB collected 121 questionnaires completed by the youth of MK on the 2017 budget. Responses were analysed and three topics that were mentioned frequently were the All in One Card, green spaces and park land. This information was then written into a formal report and sent to the MK Council for further analysis.  Five members of YCAB attended a full council meeting on the Budget and spoke on behalf of MK’s young people to make sure their voices were heard.

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See sense, stop bullying poster


Don’t Hate – Educate

More than 50 young people gathered in the Council Chamber in August to talk about how to tackle racism, prejudice and religious intolerance.  The event also included workshops hosted by local people from the Tamil and Middle Eastern Islamic communities, as well as one on Jewish culture.

See Sense, Stop Bullying

YCAB launched a series of striking posters as part of their 'See Sense, Stop Bullying' campaign in October 2016. The campaign, which also includes stories from those who have been bullied, focuses on key bullying issues facing young people today: race and religion, lesbian, gay and bi-sexual (LGBT) and disability. Read more about the See Sense, Stop Bullying campaign.

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Votes at 16

YCAB members have attended Council meetings to inform adults of the right for young people to be able to vote in local national elections. 

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YCAB Scavenger Hunt

In 2017, YCAB encouraged more young people to uses the buses by creating a scavenger hunt on Arriva's bus routes. 32 people took part, each were given a free goodie bag and a free day bus ticket, collecting stamps at certain stops across the city. The winners of the hunt were Jessica Martin and Jessica Greasby who both received a £50 shopping voucher kindly donated by Arriva.

MK YCAB Elections 2018

Congratulations MK YCAB members for 2019-2021:

  • Intisar Adekanmbi
  • Alessandro Antonisthas
  • Pietro Di Mauro
  • Leon Whiting
  • Kathryn Fraser
  • Oskar Hawes
  • Emily Rattenbury
  • Precious Ayela-Uwangue
  • Charlotte Paul
  • Georgina Jches
  • Janet Indah
  • Rachana Lama
  • Uzma Uwais
  • Umara Uwais
  • Ijeoma Ogbuju
  • Toby Poyner
  • Sara Canna
  • Dylan Piper
  • Iysha Jalil
  • Kyla Poulton
  • Kady Saunders
  • Amelia Sherman
  • Nana Peprah
  • Becca Begum
  • Rosie Johnson
  • Disha Hegde
  • Nakia Sumani
  • Anna Armstrong
  • Ben Follows
  • Layla Dalvi
  • Lola Amner
  • Tamzin Mason
  • Alexander Watson-Yarngo
  • Alexia Watson-Yarngo
  • Arafa Fahi
  • Eilidh Campbell
  • Thomas McLean

During the election period (28 January 2019 to 28 February 2019) there was a Youth Issue Ballot paper – which takes place every two years.  The ballot decided what campaigns and projects YCAB will be working on, as members aim to help improve young people’s lives in MK.  There was eight campaign topics to choose from on the ballot paper, and the two most voted for became the official campaigns of YCAB in 2019 until 2021.  

See the Youth Issues Ballot Presentation (PPTX, 6.6MB).

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Last Updated: 3 September 2021