MORE than 70 students from the nine secondary schools in the Havant borough attended a Youth Conference.
The event, set up by Havant Borough Council, included interactive sessions with Southern Domestic Abuse Service and Havant & East Hants Mind – a local mental health charity).
Guest speakers Joe Wells, an author and comedian, and a representative from National Citizen Service delivered speeches before students took part in a question and answer session with councillors.
Councillor Leah Turner, cabinet lead for communities and housing, said: ‘The third Havant Youth Conference was a great success.
‘The young people held their councillors to account during the question session which I really enjoyed.
‘I am sure we have some future councillors among them, if not a future MP.’
An introduction to voting exercise also took place involving three charities giving presentations on the work they do.
The young people voted to decide which should get a £2,500 grant from the council.
Music Fusion was awarded the most votes and received the grant. Beat the Bullies was awarded £1,000 and Motiv8 £500.