I will help tackle racism and inequality in our borough, give extra support for those who suffer with exam stress and anxiety, and include more inclusive fun things into the borough to help attendance figures
Who are you?
That is a very good question! Where do I start? Oh yeah my name... My name is Joyce Kapiamba, the Deputy MYP for Rochdale and Pennines. I am basically like Kamala Harris with Joe Biden. I am known as the "late bird" of the group; I almost missed the trip to London because I was the last one they were waiting for. Aside from being the "late" second boss, as I am writing this I am currently 17 years old studying Politics, French and Maths at Rochdale Sixth Form College. I think becoming DMYP has really made me realise how interested I am in politics and how I aspire to make change. Great change can come from small aspirations. Ever heard the phrase "faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains"? I am very passionate about diversity and equality and ensuring society is just for all. I am a strong advocate on tackling racism and inequality and this has not only been due to my own experiences but also seeing people experience the same issues as me.
What do you do?
Okay so I will stop waffling on about me, so what exactly have I done so far in my time as deputy is your question? Well... You are in for a longgg chapter... As DMYP I have been able to do things I don't think I would've ever done, for example kayaking? KAYAKING? if you know me very well I am not an outside person so for me to do kayaking is quite... WOW JOYCE. I've also attended headteacher's meetings alongside Henry and Amelia and I've got to say I waffled on about how ketchup was 20p! You can tell I love free and food. My proudest moment has got to be doing a presentation on Black History Month for YoFo, which is basically where all youth councils across the North West meet up, I talked about my heritage and background and I included interactive activities just to spice it up. I have also been involved in quite a few other things like "BeeHeard", which is an organisation to help support people with mental health and another project called "authoring our own stories" which has got to do with educating on civic identity.