Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected every 2 years by other young people in their local area. Any 11-18 year old can stand or vote in the election. The next elections are due to take place by March 2022.
In England and Wales, we work with local councils who run elections and support young people to be involved locally and at a UK level. Taking part in the UK Youth Parliament is voluntary for councils, while most elect MYPs some do not.
In Scotland, we work with the Scottish Youth Parliament. Who run elections for Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, who then elect Members of the UK Youth Parliament.
In Northern Ireland, a new Youth Assembly is being set up.
- 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 Conference, 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 2 years. 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