The UKYP (United Kingdom Youth Parliament) was formed by Andrew Rowe, an MP, who realised the importance of youth participation in decision making at all levels. The UKYP is made up of 600 MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) from all over the country, each representing their region. The UKYP has links with youth forums in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
What's it all about?
The aim of the UKYP is to give young people aged 11-18 a voice on any issue that affects them. MYPs are elected by the young people in their region to represent them at a national level.
Being a MYP would give you the experience of making positive actions that lead to social changes nationally; based on what the young people you represent need. To help with this and make sure that the voice of young people is heard and listened to, MYPs need to be involved with local and national government, councillors, youth councils/forums, providers of services for young people and any other groups that include young people.
The UKYP is not linked to a political party; therefore, it is solely based on the needs of young people across the country and issues that affect them. However, the MYPs do belong to different selected committees and examine important issues.
What will you get out of it?
Being part of the UKYP will build your confidence and give you life experiences, as well as improving your personal skills. In doing this you will take part in some fantastic projects, but will have fun and make friends at the same time. This will enable you to have a great understanding of other young people’s backgrounds and issues, and to promote a better view of young people in general.
For more information about the UKYP, please visit the UKYP Website:-
If you are interested in the election process in Leicestershire, please see the next page.