A UK non-profit that educates youth in political issues and the working of government through mock parliamentary events on timely issues.
Mission and Purpose
Model Westminster is UK non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to improving youth political education and participation. According to the group, their "goal is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to understand and engage with politics as a mechanism for change both locally and nationally."
Origins and Development
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Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
Model Westminster events are run by volunteers. The core team of employees is made up of six individuals, each under the age of 25. Helping to guide the organizations work is the seven-member Youth Advisory Board and the three-person Advisory Board (the latter of which is comprised of a business executive and two legal consultants).
Specializations, Methods and Tools
Model Westminster uses a number of methods and techniques to get youth interested and involved in politics. Activities include "talks, games, debates, and group work, designed to demystify politics and policy making...[and] provide an opportunity for young people to develop skills in critical thinking, debating, presentation and group work.
Major Projects and Events
One of the first events held by the group was a deliberation on the reformation of the UK's General Certificate of Secondary Education and A-Levels acreditation.
Help us expand this section! All the organizations events are recorded and summarized at http://modelwestminster.org.uk/event/
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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Model Westminster does not issue any formal research publications but their blog provides insight into the organization's work and position on UK and international politics.
Official Website: http://modelwestminster.org.uk/
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