The United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) is an organisation that gives young people a chance to express their views and opinions. UKYP is the base of campaigns that change the UK to benefit and support young people in a positive way.

RBKC Youth Parliament Elections 2017 

The elections for the 2017 Deputy Member of Youth Parliament are now closed. 

To find out more about the candidates we had this year read their manifesto here or see video below.

March 2017 - Kensington and Chelsea announce their new Deputy Member of Youth Parliament:

Local boy, Conor Quinn from Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School has been announced as the 2017 Deputy Member of Youth Parliament in Kensington and Chelsea. After several weeks of campaigning, it was Conor’s manifesto focusing on mental health in children that proved popular with voters.

Conor will join fellow Member of Youth Parliament, Shamime Ibrahim to help represent the views of young people from the local area. Throughout the year both Conor and Shamime will meet with Members of Parliament and local Councillors, organise events, run campaigns, make speeches, hold debates and ensure the views of young people are listened to by decision makers.

Conor Quinn commented: “I would like to thank all of my voters for electing me to become the DMYP of RBKC. As a member of Youth Parliament, it will be my primary concern to ensure that all young people's voices are heard. Mental health in children is still my main issue of debate and I will endeavour my best efforts to highlight these issues. I know how important it is for young people to feel they are able to express their opinions and I will try my best to make those opinions heard.”

What does UK Youth Parliament do?

The UK Youth Parliament gets involved in a range of activities, including:

  • Carrying out research into what young people want from their Council.
  • Debates about local, national and global youth, democracy and citizenship issues.
  • Organising local events.
  • Developing publicity to promote events and services for local young people.
  • Going on residential leadership trips
  • Attending conferences and events, including the UK-wide Annual Sitting and House of Commons debate.

What does a MYP do?

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. MYPs generally spend between one and five hours per week on UKYP activities.

“Youth Parliament was not only life-changing but it provided me with memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. Just representing Kensington and Chelsea was an honour and privilege for me but I was also allowed the prerogative to meet such wonderful people across the United Kingdom. Being able to meet individuals with such a strong interest in politics not only challenges your own perspective but it allows you to develop your trace of thought. When I joined Youth Parliament, I believed that I would be using my skills to offer something new towards Kensington and Chelsea but in the process I was able to develop communication skills, teamwork skills and deepen my knowledge on politics, but most importantly I developed as a person. Whoever intend to become DMYP, please do not be afraid or intimidated to join not only will you be surrounded by people with experience to guide you but it is an experience that you will not regret. Whether you have an interest in politics or not as long as you intend to improve lives for young people in the borough please do not hesitate to join.

Youth Parliament is such a sensational organisation. It provides you with the platform needed to express your political beliefs, debating skills and even gives you the opportunity to debate in the House of Commons as well as frequent debates with your fellow MP’s. This opportunity should be something that all young people should be able to experience because it opens your eyes to see how important it is for young people to express their opinions. To the future DMYP and MYP, my only piece of advice to give you is good luck. The experience is memorable, challenging and inspiring and all your hard-work is worth it in the end.”. Kresina (2016-17 Member of Youth Parliament for Kensington & Chelsea)

UK Youth Parliament Information Pack

Click the image on the left to download the information pack or click here

The pack informs you on what the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is and the roles and benefits of a MYP. You can also see examples of some previous work done by MYPs in previous years and the support available.  

   

How to get involved?

To get involved you need to have something to say, and a voice! You can:

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about UKYP please email our team on ace@epiccic.org.uk or call 020 7938 8022