A young woman from Berkhamstead is set to be part of a national panel to speak out about issues affecting girls and young women.
Elena Veris Reynolds, 15, travelled to Girlguiding’s national HQ in London for her first meeting of the 18-strong group.
As a Girlguiding Advocate, Elena will represent the organisation which has more than half a million members and is a leading charity for girls and young women.
The advocates shape the direction of Girlguiding’s research and advocacy work to give girls a voice and make positive change to improve girls’ lives. They also represent Girlguiding on a national platform, speaking to MPs at events in the House of Commons and party conferences.
Advocates have recently spoken out about girls’ mental well-being and resilience after Girlguiding’s 2015 Girls’ Attitudes Survey found that 62 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 know someone who has experienced a mental health problem. The survey also found that almost half of girls aged 17 – 21 (46%) have personally needed help with their mental health.
Elena, a member of Hemel Hempstead West District Senior Section, said: “I’m really excited to be a member of Girlguiding’s Advocate panel – I’ve seen all the amazing work that Advocate does and I can’t wait to be a part of it!”
Elena added: “I’m looking forward to having my voice heard and making a difference in the world.”
Girlguiding’s Advocate panel is a group of 18 young Girlguiding members aged 14-25 from across the UK.
They meet throughout the year to talk about issues that are important to them, such as body confidence, representation of girls and women in the media, access to better sex and relationships education, and role models for girls.