YOUNG people across Dorset are being asked if they could make a different as a Member of Youth Parliament.
Applications for 11 to 18 years olds to become a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) are now open. Anyone within the age range who lives in Dorset submit an expression of interest for one of four posts in which they will represent the county un the UK Youth Parliament.
Each year, Dorset’s young people elected two members of the UK Youth Parliament and two deputies. These members represent Dorset nationally, attending national events throughout the year including the UK Youth Parliament’s annual sitting and the annual House of Commons debate.
Current MYP Stasia said: “If you’re passionate about changing things in your area and you have this chance to, why not go for it? It’s an amazing experience to make a difference and change the lives of children and young people in Dorset.
“Youth Parliament has really boosted my confidence in public speaking and speaking out about what I think is wrong. Applying is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
Deputy MYP Matthew added: “It’s an opportunity that gives you the chance to take something you see that’s wrong and try to make it right.”
The voting process is managed by Dorset County Council.
Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, said: “Encouraging an interest from Dorset students in the work of the Youth Parliament is a great way for them to gain an insight into how our democracy works and an understanding of the importance of it in everyday life.”
The wider role of the MYPs is to represent Dorset on a regional and national basis, and help engage young people in politics, democracy and citizenship. They will also deliver their own personal manifestos to help improve the lives of young people.
Young people have until November 23 to express their interest, with a candidate information day planned for December 1.
Campaigning begins in December, with schools voting early in the new year.
For more information on the UK Youth Parliament, visit the website www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/