UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.
Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected every two years across the UK. There are currently hundreds of Members of Youth Parliament.
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.
UK Youth Parliament Manifesto covers a wide range of topics affecting young people, from public transport to education for life, once again proving that today’s generation of young people are far from apathetic about the world they live in. The aim of the manifesto is to inform and influence local and national decision makers, particularly those deciding their manifestos in political parties.
The Manifesto was created by young people, locally elected to represent the views of their peers, and is re-drafted and approved by Members of Youth Parliament every year at the Annual Sitting. MYPs are then balloted to choose a shortlist of campaigns from the Manifesto that is put to the public ‘youth’ vote to determine what we should debate in a House of Commons sitting to decide our national campaign.
We will be looking for candidates in elections to say where they stand on these issues to help inform first time voters.
The Manifesto has been created in a PDF file format. To view it you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, you can get a copy, for free from www.adobe.com.