Suffolk UK Youth Parliament are electing new members
Suffolk UK Youth Parliament are electing new members to represent the voice of young people in their local communities.
Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and Deputy Members of Youth Parliament (DMYPs) are needed across the whole of Suffolk, including: Ipswich, Central Suffolk, South Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk,Suffolk Coastal, and Waveney.
Could you be a Member of Youth Parliament for your local area?
UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is run by young people for young people. There are hundreds of Members of Youth Parliament across the UK that represent the views of young people in their local communities.
By acting together, UKYP gives young people a powerful voice that is heard by decision makers in local and national government and helps young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better.
If you have an interest in what's going on in your community and care about things that are important to young people, you could be an MYP or DMYP. You don't need any experience, just a desire to get young people's voices heard.
What does being a Member of Youth Parliament involve?
The time commitment to be an MYP or DMYP is approximately 7 hours per month. It involves:
- Supporting young people in having a voice
- Engaging with young people in your constituency (local area you are elected to)
- Listening to what young people have to say and representing them
- Promoting the positive work of UKYP
- Attending British Youth Council Conventions
- Meeting regularly with other youth forums and linking with Suffolk Assembly of Youth
- Taking the views of young people in your area to British Youth Council conventions and report on local campaigns
It's not about politics - it's about getting the voice of young people heard.
UK Youth Parliament Members at the House of Commons
What’s in it for me?
Being an MYP or DMYP is a great experience and will also look brilliant on your CV. Through being part of UK Youth Parliament, you will:
- Develop skills such as public speaking, communication and team working
- Have once in a lifetime opportunities like debating in the House of Commons and giving evidence at Youth Select Committees in Parliament
- Have the opportunity for accredited training
- Meet like-minded young people from around the UK
- Have the chance to make a real difference to your local area
How do I run for election?
To run for election, you must be aged 11-18 and you should have 3 things that you are passionate about and want to change in your local area, region, nationally or even internationally.
It could be anything - education, youth services, transport costs, the environment - anything you have a passion for and want to change for the better.
These 3 things will form your manifesto, and will be what you work on during your time with UKYP, among other things. You will be elected by other local young people based on your manifesto.
Your manifesto could be a written piece on the 3 things you care about and want to change, or it could be a short video clip. Written manifestos should be one side of A4 paper including any images, and video manifestos should be no more than 2 minutes long.
In your written piece or video, you must include:
- Age (must be aged 11-18)
- Where you are from
- 3 things you would like to see change in your community
- What would make you a good MYP?
Download - Youth member of parliament candidate information pack
Download - Guide for how to apply to be a candidate
For support with creating your manifesto, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07843 343 810.
The time to apply has been extended, so the deadline to submit your manifesto is Wednesday 19 April 2017.
Young people aged 11-18 in Suffolk will vote for their preferred Member of Youth Parliament when voting opens on 21 April. Voting will close on 5 May, and the new MYP for each area will be counted and announced on 9 May 2017.
Find out more
Find out more about Suffolk UKYP and running for elections:
Share this opportunity with a friend or young person you know - download the Suffolk UKYP election poster.