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UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)

Information about UKYP and how to keep updated.

UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) (opens in a new window) is a programme run by the British Youth Council (opens in a new window). They provide opportunities for 11- to 18-year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.

Every year, Dorset's young people elect 2 members of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) and 2 Deputy Members of Youth Parliament (DMYP) to represent Dorset nationally.

They attend national events throughout the year, including:

  • the UK Youth Parliament's annual sitting
  • the annual House of Commons debate

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Find out more up to date information about Dorset Youth:

Election of Member of Youth Parliament

We're very excited to announce the 2018 Dorset Member of Youth Parliament election.

Dorset Youth Council is a group of young people who represent the views of the children and young people in Dorset.

The group exists to raise awareness and promote the active and meaningful engagement of young people in politics, democracy and citizenship. They do this by:

  • running campaigns on key issues that affect the lives of young people in Dorset
  • holding events throughout the year for young people across the county
  • advising and taking action on policies and services that affect young people in Dorset
  • identifying and delivering change opportunities for DYC

There are lots of benefits to being a Member of Youth Parliament, such as:

  • the opportunity to have your voice heard and have a positive impact
  • the chance to represent other young people in your community
  • meeting new people from across the country
  • free training and skills coaching and national accreditation
  • trips and residential opportunities in and out of Dorset
  • lots of fun

You can watch every candidate's manifesto in this video to help you make your decision on election day:

DCC | Dorset Member of Youth Parliament Candidate Films 2018 - 2019 from Participation People on Vimeo.

Stand for Youth Parliament

Here's what you need to do to stand for Youth Parliament:

  1. If you're standing in your school's election, speak to the teacher in charge of election coordination and tell them you're interested in standing for election.
  2. Read the Dorset Youth Elections schools guide (pdf, 341kb) (opens in a new window).
  3. Download, read and complete a candidate nomination pack (pdf, 488kb) (opens in a new window).
  4. Collect 25 signatures of support from other young people who back your application; a teacher's or youth worker's endorsement as well as consent from your parent or guardian.
  5. Send us your completed application form either:
  • by handing it to your lead teacher or staff member and ask them to post it to us
  • or post it directly back to us at this address

Election timeline information

Any young person aged between 11 and 18 who lives or attends a school, college or youth provision in Dorset is eligible to stand for election.

These are the important dates:

  • you need to express your interest by 5pm on Saturday 25 November 2017
  • there's an information day on Saturday 2 December 2017 from 11am to 4pm
  • there'll be a training day on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 11am to 4pm
  • voting week is from Monday 29 January to Friday 2 February 2018
  • count day is on Friday 2 February 2018
  • election results evening is on Friday 9 February 2018

If you're elected, you're expected to commit around 2 hours a week to your Member of Youth Parliament role. You'll be in post for one year.

If you don't get elected, you can still be involved in many other opportunities during the year, including our county-wide projects and events.

Contact Antonia at The Participation People if you're worried about the commitment or the election process.

Election information for teachers and youth workers

Read our Dorset Youth Elections schools guide (pdf, 341kb) (opens in a new window) if you're a teacher or a member of staff at a school or college.

Read our election guide for community and voluntary sector organisations (pdf, 341kb) (opens in a new window).

Youth Voice Forums for young people

Anyone can join Youth Voice Forums at any time to raise awareness of young people's issues.

There are different channels you can use to share your views on issues affecting young people.

By joining these groups, events or forums, you can:

  • raise awareness of specific issues that affect young people
  • help improve skills
  • gain new skills and meet new people

If you're interested:

Dorset Young Facilitators

We're looking for young people who want to train and develop themselves in facilitation (for example, leading a meeting) and leadership.

Throughout the year, we have paid opportunities for 16 to 25 year olds to help us lead (or facilitate) sessions.

If you're interested:

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