UK Youth Parliament Elections 2015

UK Youth Parliament Elections 2015

04 Feb 2015

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.

Nominations are open! Please share this information across your school or young people you work with!

There are 18 Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) seats matching the constituencies of the UK Parliament that elect young people from all communities in Northern Ireland. Over the last MYPs have met with decision makers about issues young people care about, consulted over 36, 000 young people and represented Northern Ireland in the House of Commons Sitting.

Who can stand?
Any young person aged 11-18 can stand to be an MYP. An MYP must stand down on their 19th birthday. Persons aged 19 and over will not be able to attend national events such as the Annual Sitting and the House of Commons. You must live, work for a minimum of 14 hours, or be in education in the constituency in which you wish to stand for election. You cannot stand in more than one constituency in the same year’s election.

What will I be expected to do?

The role of a Member of Youth Parliament is to:

  • Support youth voice and actively engage with every young person in their constituency;
  • Promote the positive work of UKYP;
  • Create UKYP policy and campaigns;
  • Meet regularly with other youth councils and forums in their area;
  • Speak on behalf of their constituents;
  • Take the views of their constituents to BYC Conventions and report on local campaigns;
  • Ensure that the work of UKYP is not affiliated with any political party;
  • Carry out other tasks as relevant in their local authority and agree with their local authority worker;
  • Participate in meetings;
  • Take part in the UKYP national campaign consultation and support young people in their areas to take part too;
  • Take part in votes on national policy and campaigns priority;
  • Communicate to the media as appropriate and under BYC media guidelines; and
  • Take news of UKYP’s work back to their constituency.

What is the timetable for the elections?

  • 7th February candidates open day/training/brief
  • 10th February close of nomination
  • 17th February voting goes live
  • 27th February voting closes
  • 28th February Election results


How do I apply?

Please fill in the online application here

What Members of Youth Parliament did in 2014

Chris Harkin MYP
North Antrim

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'Worked to make a media campaign with fixers to highlight integrated education, met with MLA's on the need for integrated education funding to be increased and got human trafficking onto the UKYP manifesto.'

For more information

If you want to talk to someone about being an MYP please contact Claire@niyf.org

or more information on the Youth Parliament and other MYP profiles see-

http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/

 

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