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Highland teenager appointed as vice chair of Scottish Youth Parliament


By Niall Harkiss

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Mollie McGoran (right) with newly elected Chair, Sophie Reid
Mollie McGoran (right) with newly elected Chair, Sophie Reid

The Scottish Youth Parliament has voted Inverness and Nairn member Mollie McGoran as its new vice-chair.

Ms McGoran, 19, from Alness, is an experienced MSYP, now entering her third year, and has been involved in youth forum work locally and with the Highland Youth Parliament.

The University of Dundee student said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been elected SYP Vice Chair. I am so excited to continue my SYP journey in this new role and to work with the new board and membership."

SYP is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people and provides a national platform for young people to discuss the issues that are important to them, and campaign for changes to the nation that they live in.

Ms McGoran was previously MSYP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, SYP trustee for national campaigns and conveners group and convener of the transport, environment and rural affairs committee.

As SYP vice-chair, she will lead on SYP’s activities over the next year with newly elected chair Sophie Reid from Girlguiding Scotland and the SYP board of trustees.

The High Life Highland youth team supports the youth parliament.

Senior youth development officer Audrey Anthoney said: “We are delighted for Mollie. It’s so well deserved, and she’ll be brilliant in the role. She’s a great role model for the other Highland MSYPs and we’re all really looking forward to working with Mollie in her new position.”

SYP supports members in their work by training them, supporting their personal development, and empowering them, using a youth work ethos.

MSYPs range in age from 14 to 25 and represent constituencies in all 32 local authorities and 11 national voluntary organisations.

MSYPs listen to and recognise the issues that are most important to young people in every community across the country and ensure that decision-makers listen to their voices.

For more information, visit syp.org.uk


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