Hampshire Youth Parliament (HYP) are here to make a difference and represent young people in Hampshire
HYP offers young people the opportunity to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and effective campaigning.
Just some of the topics that matter to us include:
- protecting Hampshire’s environment
- prioritising young people’s mental health and wellbeing
- transforming education
- cost of living and universal free school meals
Any young person who is a resident of the UK and aged between 11 and 18 years old (inclusive) has the right to stand for election as a Member for Youth Parliament (MYP) and the right to vote for their MYP.
As a local authority Hampshire County Council has one MYP for each of the seven constituencies, alongside one Deputy Member for Youth Parliament (DMYP). The constituencies are:
- North West
- North East
- South West
- South East
As part of the role, both MYPs and DMYPs will find out the concerns and needs of other young people in their constituency and represent these views to decision makers on a local, regional and national level. Alongside this they will also be involved in a variety of events, projects, and campaigns.
Their MP will be keen to hear from them, and many MYPs will develop a productive working relationship with their MP.
As a member, they will also attend between six and ten regional meetings held in London during the term of office. Once a year, the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) holds an annual sitting, which brings together all the MYPs from across the whole of the UK for a three-day residential. Here they will receive training, plan campaigns and update the UKYP manifesto and network.
2023 Hampshire Youth Parliament elections
The 2023 Hampshire Youth Parliament elections will begin in September:
- Nominations open - Friday 1 September 2023
- Nominations close - Monday 16 October 2023
- Manifesto & Hustings workshops at Elizabeth II Court - Monday 23 and Friday 27 October 2023
- Voting opens - 9am Monday 30 October 2023
- Voting closes - 5pm Friday 1 December 2023
- Results evening - Monday 11 December 2023
The Hampshire Youth Parliament has empowered me to become the confident individual I believe I am today - to be surrounded by like-minded young people working together for a common cause of ensuring that we get our constituents' voices heard is so powerful.
Protect Hampshire's Environment
The Hampshire Youth Parliament continue to work on their 'Protect Hampshire’s Environment' campaign by holding eco-conferences, working with Regional Youth Climate Assembly South East and producing a podcast on the environment.
Movement for Change (health and wellbeing)
Our campaign for supporting young people’s mental health has continued to develop.
A group of our members have continued working with the Children and Young People’s Mental Health NHS Hampshire grants panel, giving them the opportunity to be directly involved in the decision process for charity organisations being awarded funds. These funds will be directly supporting mental health groups for the young people of Hampshire.
Food for Learning (cost of living and health)
In 2023, the UK Youth Parliament launched the UK-wide campaign for universal free school meals with a new partnership with Child Poverty Action Group.
This campaign focuses on the outcome of the UKYP’s House of Commons sitting when the cost of living and its impact on health and wellbeing was selected by them as the key topic for 2023.
The HYP team are supporting this new campaign, working to call on political parties to include free schools meals for all school-age children in their general election manifestos.
Volunteering with Hampshire Youth Parliament has given me the opportunity to meet many incredible young people who have inspired me to be more vocal about my beliefs and work to push for change in my local community.
It has given me confidence that our generation can bring about a better world for tomorrow, along with the skills I will need to help with this, by giving me a window into the world of decision makers and innumerable opportunities to learn new skills that have helped me in so many areas of my life.
Make Your Mark
Make Your Mark is a democratic process which can be directly linked to the British Values section of the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) curriculum. It gives all young people aged 11 to 18 in the UK the chance to have their say on the biggest issues facing young people. Voting on a number of topics in Hampshire is facilitated through Hampshire Youth Parliament.
Although Make Your Mark is a nationwide consultation, the results report also shows regional breakdowns, which highlight what issues were prioritised by young people in different areas of the UK. This data is often used to influence school policy and to generate positive social change within your school and wider community.
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Being an MYP has been, in a word, an empowering experience. Having the privilege of being able to represent my young people constituents as well as our collective passions, views and interests to key decision makers is not a role I treat lightly. It is also an incredibly fun and rewarding role as well, and I thank Vicky and all of the HYP team for making my time here as impactful and inspiring as it has been!