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Youth Elections

Member Of Youth Parliament Elections 2021/22

UK Youth Parliament aims to give the young people of the UK between the ages of 11 and 18 a voice, which will be heard and listened to by local, regional and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies who have an interest in the views and needs of young people.

It has an independent national identity, that has a rolling programme of activities across the year. This includes an Annual Sitting, a Sitting in the House of Commons, regional meetings, dialogue with Ministers and Opposition spokespeople and inputs to policy and programme development.

UKYP…

  • Is composed of representatives aged between 11 and 18 years old (inclusive) from across the UK. It particularly encourages the involvement of young people who are socially excluded, but also representation from established groups such as local youth councils and individuals.
  • Ensures that the young people of the UK are given a voice on any issue that affects them, as laid out in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights Of The Child and gives the young people of the UK an opportunity to be involved in a democratic process at a national level.
  • Empowers young people to take positive action within their local communities based upon issues of shared concern. It is a non-party political organisation, and as such, seeks to represent no party political view. UKYP is solely issue based.

We are now on the campaigning stage of our application process!

  • Between Wednesday 8th December 2021 – Friday 1th January 2022, nominees will submit their manifestos and video entries.
  • Between Friday 21st January – Monday 31st January, nominees will be campaigning. You can find out more about our nominees here!
  • Voting will then take place at schools between Tuesday 1st February 2022 – Friday 11th February 2022
  • The results will then be announced on Friday 18th February 2022

Please Note: There has been changes to dates & times due to Covid-19. They are also subject to change again. 

If you have any questions regarding Youth Elections, please email us at shape_events@sandwell.gov.uk, or complete the form here.

UK Member of Youth Parliament Elections are run very similarly to other elections that you can vote in when you are 18.

To find out more about UK Parliament, please see the video at the bottom of the page!

MAKE YOUR MARK 2022

Make Your Mark Voting will also take place alongside Member of Youth Parliament Elections in 2022!

You can find out more about Make Your Mark by watching the video below:

2020/21 Members of Youth Parliament

For Sandwell we have 4 members of the British Youth Council, 2 Deputy Members and 2 Lead Members. From left to right: Josh Jordan (DYMP), Steve Nimo (MYP), Mahmoud Suraj (MYP) & Suhana Khanum (DYMP).

Overs the years our MYPSs & DMYPs have been actively taking part in many of the events and programmes held by the British Youth Council such  as: Make Your Mark, Annual Conferences, Leadership Training, Youth voice etc. All while proactively pushing forward their own campaigns involving; Knife crime, Isolation, Youth economic transport and youth mental health.

Here are some videos from our BYC members sharing their experiences during BYC and Shape forum:

youth comissioners

In the Shape Forum we have two newly appointed Youth Crime commissioners; Jack Murphy & Sabaa Hafeez.

As Youth Commissioners there are asked to do the following:

  • Consult young people on the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.
  • Speak directly with the Police and Crime Commissioner, police officers and decision makers, raising issues affecting young people including community safety, youth justice, victim services and crime prevention.
  • Engage and consult with other young people in their local communities and listen to their views.
  • Hold West Midlands Police to account for the service they provide for young people.
  • Build relationships with police and break down barriers that exist between officers and young people.

Click here to view the video from one of our Youth Commissioners, Sabaa Hafeez!

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

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