Youth parliament

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) gives young people aged 11 to 18 a voice which is heard and listened to by local and national government, providers of services for young people and other agencies that have an interest in the views and needs of young people. This is your chance to make a real difference. They can make a real difference.

Plymouth has two Members of Youth Parliament and two Deputy Members. Once elected they commit to between two and five hours a week working on their campaigns and representing the young people of Plymouth with issues that affect their lives.

We have over 600 elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs), aged between 11 and 18. MYPs represent young men and women, including young people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, and with physical and learning disabilities.

Members of our youth cabinet are available to help you with your campaign. They'll learn more about your role and your campaign and they'll be able to stand in for you if needed at regional or national meetings. This will give them the knowledge and experience for the following year, should they wish to stand for election.

Every July all the MYPs get together and produce a manifesto of issues that young people think are important and affect them, such as education, activities and media, laws, the environment, international issues. The Government reads this document and the MYP then takes those issues forward in their city or area.

If you are aged between 11 and 18, living in the Plymouth area and have an issue you feel is important call 07818 511379 or 01752 307652 or email ukyp@plymouth.gov.uk. We can also arrange for the MYP to come out to talk to you or your group. Check out the UK Youth Parliament website for more information.