What is the UK Youth Parliament?
The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) enables young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better. It is run by young people for young people, UKYP provides opportunities for young people aged 11-18 years old to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) in East Riding of Yorkshire are elected bi-annually and serve a two year term of office. They are elected via a county wide vote to represent the voice of young people in East Riding of Yorkshire on a local, regional and national level.
In East Riding of Yorkshire, we will have two MYPs and two Deputy MYPs (DMYPs).
What does a member of the UK Youth Parliament do?
MYPs from across the UK, work to give young people a voice
East Riding MYPs will represent the young people of the East Riding at regional, national and sometimes international events
They get to sit in the Houses of Parliament in Westminster and vote on issues that are important to young people and help make a positive change for everyone.
What are the benefits of being a being part of UKYP?
UKYP empowers young people to take positive action within their local communities based upon issues of shared concern.
UKYP gives the young people of the UK an opportunity to be involved in a democratic process at a national level.
Playing an active role in local issues
How do I get involved?
Young people across the East Riding who want to make a change in the area they live, and be a voice for young people are being invited to stand as candidates for election to the UK Youth Parliament.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council, working in partnership with East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) are looking for young people between the age of 11 and 18 to nominate themselves as candidates.
We are looking to elect two candidates to the UK Youth Parliament to represent the East Riding, and anyone who is between the age of 11 and 18; lives, works or studies in the East Riding for 14+ hours a week, is eligible to stand in the elections.
Those who nominate themselves to stand will then be supported to write their own manifesto, which is those things you would like to change for the better, as well as go on the campaign trail hoping to secure the votes which will see them elected as a member of the UK Youth Parliament.
For more information about the nomination process, standing as a candidate and to apply or contact Detty Tyler, children and young people services coordinator at ERVAS Email: email@example.com or telephone (01482) 871077.
Get started by completing a short online form here: www.eastriding.gov.uk/youthparliament
What support is available for those wanting to be involved?
Help and support will be available from East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) and those who register an interest in standing for election will be contacted individually to discuss what happens next, and also invited to attend a Zoom meeting on 16 November 2021 where they can ask questions and understand the democratic process of an election.
What are the timescales for the nominations?
The closing date for young people to apply to stand is 5pm on Monday 6 December 2021, with elections taking place in February and the declaration being held in March.
Where can I find more information about UKYP?
For more information on the UK Youth Parliament visit www.byc.org.uk/uk/uk-youth-parliament