Inscape student Beth Smith is standing as a candidate for youth parliament to give a voice to young people in Stockport.
Inscape is a specialist school catering for children and young people aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.
Beth, 17, will be campaigning to create more awareness of mental health and the issues that can affect young people, positive body image and LGBT equality.
She is also supporting the youth parliament’s campaign to reduce the vote to 16 and create a curriculum for life, equipping young people with the skills for life outside the classroom.
She has been attending youth council meetings for the past six months, but it will be her first time standing for a seat.