The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is an outstanding opportunity for young people to make a difference and represent other young people's views on a national level. You can be elected if you are aged 11 - 18 years and are already a Member of the YEA. The UKYP has 369 seats from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It empowers young people to take positive action within their local communities.
The YEA has 6 UKYP Members and 3 reserves, all of whom are elected by YEA Members to represent young people in Essex.
An annual UKYP conference takes place on a university campus over 3 days. We debate important topics, network and create and change a national manifesto. We often get to meet influential speakers. Last year we met John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Comms and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Every year the UKYP hold the largest youth consultation in the UK. This is called 'Make Your Mark'. It gives a unique opportunity for the opinions of young people to be actively listened to and valued. This enables decision makers to see issues that are actually important to us. Our 2 campaigns derived from the Make Your Mark ballot 'Curriculum for Life' and 'Votes at 16'.