UK Youth Parliament

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) provides a unique national platform that enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. Having engaged hundreds of thousands of 11 to 18 year olds over the last ten years, UKYP gives the young people of the UK a powerful voice which is heard and listened to by local and national government, service providers for young people and other agencies which have an interest in the views and needs of young people.

The UK Youth Parliament has over 600 representatives (369 seats for elected MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) and over 230 Deputy MYPs, all aged 11 to 18.  UKYP elections are held annually throughout the UK; any young person aged 11 to 18 can stand or vote. In the past two years one million young people have voted in UK Youth Parliament elections. In Bath and North East Somerset, two Members of Youth Parliament were elected in February 2012. One will represent Bath and the other will represent North East Somerset. They will come together to work on projects that affect both regions and for regional and national events to represent the authority.

Once elected, MYPs organise local events and projects, run campaigns and influence local decision makers on the issues that matter most to young people. All MYPs have the opportunity to meet once a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and the National debates at the House of Commons.

MYPs are supported by Democratic Action for B&NES Youth (DAFBY) and the Participation team at Off the Record. For more information about how to become an MYP, how to support your local MYP, how to vote or about joining DAFBY please contact us.

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