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Youth Elections

Member of Youth Parliament Elections

We are currently re-electing our Members of Youth Parliament!

  • Are you aged 11 – 18 years old?
  • Do you live, work or go to school/ college in Sandwell?
  • Would you like to be a representative voice for children and young people about topics that matter to them?

You could be elected as a Member of Youth Parliament for Sandwell!

The United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a programme that provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning. This responsibility projects you to reach local, regional and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views of young people.

In Sandwell, we have two MYPs.

If you are elected you will be expected to find out the concerns and needs of other young people in your constituency and represent these views to decision-makers on a local, regional, and national level.

Being a Member of Youth Parliament is a serious commitment and requires passion for the role to represent the views of Sandwell young people. An MYP’s term of office lasts for two years.

Being an MYP will allow you to develop a variety of skills, including:

  • Communication skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Greater knowledge of politics and current affairs
  • The ability to look at an issue from someone else’s perspective
  • Debating skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Negotiation skills

If you would like to be a Member of Youth Parliament, please complete the Expressions of Interest Form here.

*Please note: If you would like to be a Member of Youth Parliament, you must attend the Briefing & Information Evening on Thursday 7th December from 5pm. Please note: If you cannot attend this event, your application will not be considered.*

School Polling Stations

If you are a school and would like to register as a polling station for UKYP Elections and Make Your Mark, please complete the form here.

Youth Comissioners Elections

The Youth Comissioners are currently in the process of being re-elected. 

Applications for Youth Commissioners are now closed. Please keep an eye on this webpage for details about voting, when voting opens!

Make Your Mark 2022

Make Your Mark gives all young people aged 11-18 in the UK the chance to have a say on the biggest issues facing young people.

Supported by over 780 schools, colleges, youth groups, and Councils. Powered by the British Youth Council; made possible with kind support of BBC Children in Need, National Lottery Community Fund, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. The results will be used to decide what the UK Youth Parliament should campaign on in 2022-24.

In Sandwell, we had a total of 2,422 votes.

The votes were as follows:

  • Covid Recovery – 220 votes
  • Education and Learning – 379 votes
  • Environment – 335 votes
  • Health and Wellbeing – 521 votes
  • Jobs, Money, Homes & Opportunities – 513 votes
  • Our Rights and Democracy – 191 votes
  • Poverty – 263 votes

We would like to thank all schools in Sandwell who took part, and all young people who voted!

Please see below for the national Make Your Mark results!

Make Your Mark Results
Make Your Mark Results

previous make your mark results

Sandwell Make Your Mark Results 2019 and 2020
Sandwell Make Your Mark Results 2019, 2019 and 2020

British Youth Council

The British Youth Council is the National Youth Council of the UK. It’s a Youth-led charity empowering  young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. They help support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally.

The BYC incorporates  many different elements in empowering the youth of today in achieving youth leadership and prominence throughout the community.

An Introduction to Parliament