What's it all about?
UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is run by young people for young people, and Suffolk UKYP is part of the SAY network.
In Suffolk there are MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) and DMYPs (Deputy Member of Youth Parliament) who together work to represent your views in this county and regionally.
MYPs assist in running Make Your Mark the UK's largest youth consultation. There are also opportunities to attend British Youth Council conventions and attend the Make Your Mark debate in the House of Commons. Above all you have the opportunity to meet new people, make lasting friends and make a difference.
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.
Being an MYP is all about finding out the views of young people and presenting their views, opinions and issues to local decision makers, as well as being a collective voice for young people in Suffolk.
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And now you can become an MYP too!
Get on board today - become a Member of the Youth Parliament for Suffolk
"Youth Parliament has been a great opportunity giving me the chance to meet new people from all over the county, who are also interested in politics. Also it has allowed be to sit in the House of Commons. It has been worth it." Luke Barrett MYP for Suffolk Coastal
The UK Youth Parliament hold elections for UKYP members to be elected in Suffolk in February to start their term in March.
To apply, you must:
- Be aged 11-18
- Live, work or study in the area you are standing for
- Be able to commit 7 hours a month (or 1-2 hours a week) to Suffolk UKYP
To run for election, you will need to respond to a few questions and produce a short video or a written response.
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. One of these issues must be selected from the top five Make Your Mark topics for Suffolk. You can find out the results here.