Scottish Youth Parliament
What is the Scottish Youth Parliament?
The Scottish Youth Parliament is a company limited by guarantee with charitable
status. It is a youth-led, non-party political organisation campaigning to highlight
the voice of Scotland’s young people on a national and international stage.
Its aim to be an effective, open, honest, inclusive and broadminded voice for Scotland’s
young people. SYP represents 14-25 year olds across the country and enables their
participation in local and national decision-making. The organisation involves up
to 200 young volunteers (MSYPs) who are elected to represent young people in their
local area. (In South Ayrshire we have two areas, ‘Ayr’ and ‘Carrick, Cumnock and
SYP was established on 30th June 1999 in Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium, one day
before the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament! This was a result of almost
ten years of hard work by a group of young people and youth workers who were committed
to giving young people in Scotland a voice.
What is an MSYP?
MSYPs are elected by young people in their local area or a national organisation
in which they are involved. As an MSYP you are elected by young people to represent
them and ensure their voice is listened to by local and national decision-makers.
The three main ways in which MSYPs do this are:
- CONSULTING with young people in your local area or organisation.
- CAMPAIGNING on issues which affect young people.
- REPRESENTING young people’s views to individuals and organisations that make decisions
which affect the lives of young people.
Throughout their two year term as an MSYP, they will have the chance to be involved
in many exciting opportunities, activities and projects. They will develop your
skills and meet a wide range of people from across Scotland while making a genuine
difference for young people in your community and beyond.
South Ayrshire have three members of the Scottish Youth Parliament:
||Matt Paton – representing Ayr
||Ellie Crawford – representing Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Looking for more information on the Scottish Youth Parliament?