UK Youth Parliament
What is UK Youth Parliament? (UKYP)
The UKYP is Managed by the British Youth Council (BYC), a national charity working to ensure young people across the UK have a voice. The UKYP importantly is one of the ways the BYC looks to achieve this. The UKYP:
- Is composed of 354 representatives aged 11-18 years old from across the UK
- Ensures young people in the UK are given a voice on any issue that affects them
- Provides the opportunity to be involved in the democratic process at a national level
- Empowers young people to take positive action within their local communities.
Each Local Authority across England represents one UKYP constituency. The allocation of Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP) in each constituency (the area you may be elected to present) depends on the number of young people living in the area. With the City of London having a small resident population this means the City of London will have one MYP and one deputy MYP.
Prospects, part of Shaw Trust work with the City of London Corporation to administer MYP elections and support the MYP in their duties.
Once elected, Members of Youth Parliament meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates, and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.
The most important aspect of any Members of Youth Parliament’s job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency. Any Member of Youth Parliament can set up a campaign, and any young person can support it and make a difference.