How BKYP works
Elections to the youth parliament are held every two years. The last elections were held in January 2007. Anyone from the Bradford District between the ages of 11 and 21 can stand for election. At the elections 30 new members of youth parliament (MYPs) are elected, 6 in each parliamentary constituency.
In addition to the 30 new members of youth parliament, up to 10 senior members of youth parliament are selected from currently serving members of the parliament. Following the upcoming elections in March 2010, every candidate will have the chance to become part of BKYP, candidates who manage to get enough votes will become MYPs and have opportunities to attend all high level decision making meetings as well as the rest of their roles, Deputy MYPs are those who didn’t manage to get enough votes or those who want to be part of BKYp but didn’t want to take part in the elections. Deputy MYPs and Senior MYPs will have the same roles as MYPs with the exception of attending the high level decision making meetings.
After the elections a road show is held in each constituency. Young people are invited to the event to choose the issues that the members of youth parliament will be working on for the next two years.
Young people highlight the issues that are important to them and a vote is taken to find the top three priorities in the constituency. These become the three issues that the MYPs focus on for their term of office.
Following the road show the MYPs start work on the issues chosen by
the young people. Most of their work is done at weekly sessions in their
areas. These sessions are open to anyone so if you want to come along
check out the constituency pages for more info on times and locations.
MYPs meet with influential people and carry out other work related to their priorities at their weekly meetings. They also attend area committee meetings, neighbourhood forums and other events to take their work further.
Throughout their term in office MYPs report back to the young people of Bradford at special public meetings. These meetings are held in the City Hall chambers. The public meetings also give young people a chance to raise issues and take part in a debate. A final public meeting is held at the end of the MYPs term in office where the MYPs report back to the young people on all they have achieved over their two years in office.
You can view the minutes of past public meetings here.
You can get involved with BKYP at any of these stages. Visit the Get Involved page for more information.
BKYP Sub Groups
BKYP are looking to expand their work by working with other groups carrying out their own work on issues that don't currently fall within the BKYP priorities. A group acting as a BKYP sub group can utilise BKYP mechanisms to take their work to decision making bodies.
If you are doing some work that you think would benefit from BKYP support and would be interested in working with the youth parliament to take it forward contact us.