Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) are elected annually in every part of the UK. There are currently hundreds of MYPs.
Once elected MYPs meet with MPs and local councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.
The most important aspect of any MYP’s job is to make sure they represent the views of the young people in their constituency. Any MYP can set up a campaign, and any young person can support it and make a difference.
The Youth Mayor for 2016/17 is Anna Rigby from The Samworth Church Academy.
She aims to help young people to achieve more by providing more information and opportunities such as:
- Reduced discrimination by educating young people about minority groups
- Information about the dangers of alcohol and drugs to improve health
- Experience through more volunteering opportunities
- Community involvement through sports and performing arts clubs
Nationally, the views of young people are represented in the UKYP manifesto, which contains statements on the issues MYPs think are most important.
MYPs across the UK work to give young people a voice – listening to marginalised groups, organising events, making films, meeting MPs, lobbying for change, organising campaigns and appearing in the media, all to amplify the views of their peers.