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Ciao to democracy- Italian visitor makes an IMPACT on youth democracy

Photo: Rose Warburton and Marco Guerini celebrate the links.

An international exchange partnership between Warrington and Italy is proving to be a great success for IMPACT, Warrington’s Youth Council.

Student, Marco Guerini, 17 is sharing his experience of representing young people on the Italian Youth Parliament with members of IMPACT Warrington Youth Council and Warrington’s Member of Youth Parliament.

Marco’s visit was arranged through language school Education First and he is one of two overseas students living with a family in Great Sankey during his year in Britain.

Marco regularly attends Impact Warrington Youth Council, which meets at Warrington Town Hall on Wednesday evenings. He also recently attended the regional youth forum, ‘Youthforia’ in Preston with Warrington’s Member of Youth Parliament (MYP), Rose Warburton.

Marco is from the town of Crema, outside Milan and is spending a year in the UK, studying A-levels in physics, product design and mathematics, along with a GCSE in English at Priestley College. He said: “Working with IMPACT was a pleasure. I liked helping students in Italy and enjoy doing the same here with such a nice and interesting group. Working with a member of the Youth Parliament like Rose is exciting and productive and I can see in her how all the members are working with enthusiasm. When I have had a problem, the people here are very open and willing to help. It’s been a very good experience and I have learned a lot.”

Cllr Jean Carter, executive board member for children’s services, said: “Young people like Marco and Rose represent a bright future for our young people at home and abroad with their commitment to democracy and political engagement. It is always wonderful to welcome visitors to Warrington especially when they are as enthusiastic and willing to share their experiences as Marco. It’s brilliant to hear so many young people in Warrington are getting involved and having a say on real issues that affect them as part of IMPACT – they are making a real difference.”

IMPACT, Warrington’s Youth Council is supported by Warrington Youth Service. For more information about how to get involved please contact Warrington Youth Service on 01925 851029 or by email on iprobert@warrington.gov.uk


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