To become a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) you have to be elected by other young people in an official UK Youth Parliament election.
- Any young person who is a resident of the UK, and aged between 11 and 18 years old (inclusive) has the right to stand for election as a Member of Youth Parliament and the right to vote for their Member of Youth Parliament.
- Each Local Authority (LA) in England represents a Youth Parliament constituency. The number of MYPs allocated to each constituency varies depending upon the number of young people who live in that area.
- In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the UK Youth Parliament works with its partner organisations – the Scottish Youth Parliament and Children in Wales to ensure that young people from these three nations are represented on the UK Youth Parliament. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – and you want to become a Member of Youth Parliament, you can make contact with your respective organisation via the Contacts page.
- Elections generally take place between November and March each year.
- Over the past couple of years over one million young people have voted in UK Youth Parliament elections.
- Once you are elected you will be expected to find out the concerns and needs of other young people in your constituency, and represent these views to decision-makers on a local, regional, and national level.
- During your term of office, you will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of events, projects and campaigns.
- Your MP will be keen to hear from you, and many Members of Youth Parliament develop a productive working relationship with their MP, often having regular meetings at the House of Commons and in the constituency.
- In addition to working locally and regionally, the UK Youth Parliament also undertakes to facilitate meetings between Members of Youth Parliament, Government Ministers and Government Departments on the issues that are raised in the UK Youth Parliament Manifesto.
- As a Member of Youth Parliament, you will also get an opportunity to attend between six and ten regional meetings during your term of office. Once a year the UK Youth Parliament holds an Annual Sitting, which brings together all of the Members of Youth Parliament from across the whole of the UK, for a four day residential to receive training, plan campaigns, update the UK Youth Parliament Manifesto, and socialise!
- A Member of Youth Parliament’s term of office lasts for one year. On average you will need to commit between one and five hours per week on UK Youth Parliament activities.
Each Member of Youth Parliament’s experience is likely to be different from the next. But in general, Members of Youth Parliament will develop a combination of the following skills:
- Public speaking
- Greater knowledge of politics and current affairs
- The ability to look at an issue from someone else’s perspective
If you want more information about standing as a candidate in your local area, get in touch with your local youth service. Once you have been elected as a Member of Youth Parliament submit your details to the British Youth Council.