How do I become an MYP?
– To become an 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 an MYP and the right to vote for their MYP.
– 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 UKYP works with its partner organisations – the Scottish Youth Parliament, Funky Dragon – Wales, and the Northern Ireland Youth Forum 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 an MYP, you can make contact with your respective organization via the Contacts page.
– Elections generally take place between December and February each year.
– Over the past couple of years over one million young people have voted in UK Youth Parliament elections.
What happens if I get elected?
– 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 you 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 MYPs 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 MYPs, Government Ministers and Government Departments on the issues that are raised in the UK Youth Parliament Manifesto.
– As an MYP you will also get an opportunity to attend between six and ten regional meetings during you term of office. Once a year the UKYP holds an Annual Sitting, which brings together all of the MYPs 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!
How much time do I need to commit?
– An MYP’s term of office lasts for one year. On average you will need to commit between one and five hours per week on UKYP activities.
What skills will I develop whilst being an MYP?
Each MYP’s experience is likely to be different from the next. But in general MYPs will develop a combination of the following skills:
– Communication skills
– Public speaking skills
– Greater knowledge of politics and current affairs
– The ability to look at an issue from someone else’s perspective
– Debating skills
– Teamwork skills
– Leadership skills
– Organisational skills
– Negotiation skills
What should I do next?
If you want more information about standing as a candidate in your local area, fill in this form and we will put you in touch with your your local youth service. Once you have been elected as a Member of Youth Parliament submit your details via the online form so we can place your profile on this website.
Can I still be involved with UKYP if I’m not an MYP?
Yes absolutely. There are a range of things you can do, e.g. support our campaigns, debate in our online forums, take part in consultations.