There are a million reasons why you should run for Member of Youth Parliament, but first we should start with the question; what is a Member of Youth Parliament? Being a Member of the Youth Forum, or an MYP, gives you the opportunity to represent the Youth voice at a local and national level. All too often the voices of young people are drowned out by the hubbub of politics and the media. Being an MYP provides a platform that cannot be ignored. Being an MYP makes a clear statement that young people are passionate, engaged and opinionated on the issues that impact them and their communities.
BaNES Youth Forum, hosted by Off the Record, are looking for a new MYP, to represent their constituents. There is often the misconception that young people don’t care about politics or understand what is going on in their local area. You may even feel like this to, but this simply isn’t true. Does the price of a bus ticket frustrate you? That’s politics. Are you worried about plastic pollution or the environment? That’s politics. Do you just hate getting up for school early in the morning? You guessed it, that’s politics. There are no exact criteria to what makes a fantastic MYP, you don’t need to be the most confident, the loudest or the top of your class. You don’t even need a firm grip on how our political system works. All you need is the desire to make change, to be able to work with the Youth Forum and to be committed to fulfilling your duty to those who vote for you.
As an MYP you will be expected to attend the Youth Forum every other Monday evening at the Off the Record office, for those of you who may not know where this is, we are based on Manvers street, near the bus and train stations in Bath. The Youth Forum will support you with your campaigns and you will support them with theirs. This is an exciting group where each week is different. You may be securing raffle prizes, working with local council members or charities, or even planning an event. You will attend the British Youth Council annual conferences. These are a great opportunity to meet and hang out with all the other MYP’s and young change makers across the South West and experience and take part in workshop and debates.
Perhaps the most exciting part of being an MYP is the yearly Annual Sitting held at the House Of Commons. During this visit you will get the chance to take part in debates in the chamber. This is chaired by the Speaker of the House and often sees many a Politian pop in and spend some time listening.
So if you think that this sounds like its for you then attend our manifesto day on the 23rd of November to put yourself in the running. To confirm your spot just email CharlotteFarnham@offtherecord-banes.co.uk.
PS- Like the sound of The Youth Forum but don’t fancy being MYP? That’s okay, the Youth Forum are looking for new members. Just get in touch to join by emailing CharlotteFarnham@offtherecord-banes.co.uk
Niall Bowen current Member of Youth Parliament- ‘ Participating in Youth Forum has been an eye-opening and rewarding journey. I’d like to encourage anyone who has a passion for making a difference to head along to Manifesto Day in November!’