My name is Thrinayani, I’m 19 years old and study Mathematics with Actuarial Science at the University of Southampton. During my time as a Member of Youth Parliament in Somerset, I’ve consulted with youth to create an employment skills workshop to get young people skills needed for the world of work. I’ve spoken at the Somerset Chamber of Commerce to over 200 companies on the importance of young people in business and am a strong advocate for empowering all youth with confidence and life skills. I distributed Make Your Mark ballots to get the voices of over 1000 young people in my area heard in Parliament. By listening to the youth in my community, I spoke in the House of Commons on the Living wage and how it will help the hardworking in our society. I’ve been on the Youth Select Committee for Votes at 16 and have engaged with UK Youth and MP’s to produce a report with recommendations for Government. As a Youth Advisor for UNICEF UK, I represent the views of young people to the Board of Trustees. I’ve spoken at Rotary about UUK programmes, have worked on U-report – a social messaging tool to help young people speak out about a range of issues and have fundraised for a nutrition programme in Liberia, West Africa to save the lives of children with chronic malnutrition. I would love to serve all UK Youth by advocating for the protection, awareness and implementation of Youth Rights across the Commonwealth and look forward to working with the UKYA team and all young people to create positive change.