UK Youth Parliament and Barnet Youth Ambassador Scheme
Election Process Opens 15 Dec 2023
Do you want to make your voice heard, change Barnet for the better and represent other young people?
Are you interested in being part of national or local democracy?
Barnet’s My Say Matters team are excited to announce the forthcoming cycle of elections to select our next Barnet Members of Youth Parliament and Youth Ambassadors.
We welcome young people aged 11-16 from all backgrounds and communities to apply and take part in this opportunity.
Information about how to take part is available digitally in a candidate pack:
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UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)
The UK Youth Parliament enables you to use your energy and passion to change the world for the better. It is a national forum run by the British Youth Council with young people for young people, which provides opportunities to work with other Members of Youth Parliament from around the UK.
More information is available here:
- British Youth Council | UK Youth Parliament (byc.org.uk)
- Youth Parliament: How Seth Burke is an unwitting political pioneer - BBC News
- UK Youth Parliament - Wikipedia
Barnet has two Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) who are elected by 11 to 18 year olds from across the borough. During their 2 year term of office MYP’s work with council decision makers, elected members (councillors) and other young people on the issues of greatest concern to their constituents and represent them at a national level.
Barnet Members of Youth Parliament
- campaign on their chosen election issue throughout their term
- are a member of Barnet’s Children and Young Peoples Board and attend council committees to put forward the views of young people
- represent Barnet young people at regional, national and sometimes international events
- take part in an annual debate in the House of Commons chamber, chaired by the speaker of the House of Commons.
- debate and then vote to decide the top two issues which will become the UK Youth Parliaments priority campaigns for the year ahead
- have access to other events run by the British Youth Council
Barnet’s Members of Youth Parliament are Elysse Adil (campaigning on preventing knife crime) and Isaac Reuben (campaigning on supporting LGBT+ students in schools.)
Message from Isaac Reuben, Barnet MYP explaining how to register to vote:
“Although you can’t vote in most UK elections until you turn 18, you can register to vote when you’re 16. It takes five minutes!”
Register to vote
It takes five minutes, Here are the steps to follow:
- Go to gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Enter your details
- You’ll need your National Insurance Number, which should have been sent to you via post three months before your 16th birthday
- That’s it! You’ll be sent confirmation through the post and when you turn 18 you’ll be able to vote for MPs, councillors and other representatives.
Barnet Youth Ambassadors
Barnet Youth Ambassadors are elected by young people on the basis of their chosen campaign. They serve a 2 year term and chair Barnet’s Youth Board as well as being members of Barnet’s Children and Young Peoples Board.
They also feedback the views of Barnet young people to council committees and to elected members and act generally as a means to inspire other young people to take part in the council's youth participation offer.
Our current Youth Ambassadors are Deetya Pardasani (campaigning on drug prevention) and Ania Said (campaigning on enrichment offers in schools and mental health)