Manpreet Darroch began his road safety journey at the age of 18 when we was a member of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament. In 2007, Manpreet attended the first United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety hosted by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Economic Commission, representing the United Kingdom.
Manpreet says that the event 'changed his life' and really highlighted the issue of road safety as the most important health concern to young people in our modern world; road crashes are the biggest killer of young people aged 15-29 in the UK and worldwide. On returning from the Assembly, Manpreet set up a national youth road safety campaign called 'Tune into Traffic' via the multi award winning British campaigning project Battlefront and was supported by Channel 4, a mainstream TV channel in the UK to shoot a 30 minute documentary about road safety and young people. The documentary helped Manpreet set up his campaign and followed his journey of converting his passion for road safety into a tangible outcome and the program documented his journey. The documentary can be viewed here.
After the success of this documentary, Manpreet went on to establish a range of tools to influence young people including online viral videos about road safety, leaflets, posters and has developed and delivered road safety workshops in schools in the UK. The campaign currently focuses on the dangers of new technology on the road such as mp3 players, mobile phones and handheld gadgets and received national endorsements from road safety experts worldwide. He was subsquently recruited by YOURS to head up communications, media outreach and the designing of global road safety campaigns targetting young people from all around the world.
Manpreet is also the official YOURS Delegate for the United Kingdom and has worked closely with YOURS to design and create the World Crossing Campaign in 2010 and in 2011 he designed the Embrace Life Campaign in which more than 50 countries took part in. Manpreet has also represented YOURS in Tunisia at the 7th International Road Safety Festival, at the 75th RoSPA Congress in the UK, at the National Conference on Young People and Road Safety in Portugal, the European Youth Assembly at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving National Conference in Canada, Youth and Road Safety Workshop in Muscat, Oman and aided YOURS in the development of the African Youth Assembly for Road Safety in Niamey, Niger. He has also helped develop YOURS Capacity Development Programme in designing and delivering youth friendly workshops in Africa and the Caribbean.
Manpreet recently completed his Bachelors Degree in Political Science and International Politics in 2011 and previously worked for The National Childrens Bureau and the National Youth Agency as an Associate Trainer on young people's rights and youth participation.
With his Communications position in YOURS , Manpreet is reponsible for the following:
As The Global Network Coordinator at YOURS, Manpreet is responsibile for: