Scottish Youth Parliament
|Type||Company limited by guarantee|
Kyle Thornton MSYP
Louise Cameron MSYP
Rachel McCulley MSYP
Rhiordan Langan-Fortune MSYP
Scott Lamond MSYP
Kris Chapman MSYPJunaid Ashraf MSYP (Conveners Rep)
The Scottish Youth Parliament, or SYP, is a democratic, politically independent, inclusive organization set up by a group of passionate youth workers as a national voice for young people in Scotland.
Its mission statement reads, "Our vision is of a stronger, more inclusive Scotland that empowers young people by truly involving them in the decision making process." In more detail, the SYP lists its aims as:
- offering young people in Scotland a collective national youth voice
- making a difference in society by increasing young people's participation by promoting a positive image of young people
- connecting the processes of policy making and development with young people, and
- being an independent and youth-led organization free from influence where young people can give their views to policymakers without hindrance, fear or barriers.
Since its inception, the SYP has been committed to being an organization which involves young people across the whole of Scotland[vague] and, holding its three annual meetings in various locations throughout the country-- from the Shetland and Orkney islands to venues in the City of Edinburgh. The work of the SYP is centered on involving young people in the decision-making process, particularly in consulting with young people and campaigning for these views to be adopted by the relevant decision-makers.
Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) must be between the ages of 14 and 25 and are elected for two-year terms. They can be elected in one of two ways:
- As a constituency representative (two for each Scottish Parliamentary Constituency to a total of 146 MSYPs), or
- As a representative of a national youth voluntary organization such as the YWCA, LGBT Youth Scotland and Down's Syndrome Scotland (two for each organization to a maximum of 54 MSYPs).
Constituency MSYP elections are organized by the local authority responsible for each area and it is the responsibility of the local authority to support their elected MSYPs. MSYP elections use either the STV or FPTP voting systems. Voluntary Organization MSYPs must be elected from an organization that represents young people from the whole of Scotland.
The SYP is youth-led, and holds internal elections annually to appoint a Board of Trustees consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair and Three Trustee Directors. Also elected are 10 Subject Committee Conveners, who form the organization's Conveners Group and select a further Trustee Director to join the Board. The Committee Convener has the responsibility of coordinating the work of their Subject Committee and becomes the lead spokesperson on in that area. A Deputy Convener is also elected.
These two groups of board members & Conveners help to lead the organization. Because youth empowerment is a fundamental value of the organization, no major decisions are made by anyone over the age of 25.
The Scottish Youth Parliament has previously held Sittings in the General Assembly Rooms (former temporary home of the Scottish Parliament) in Edinburgh and also within the new Scottish Parliament building. It meets three times a year in different locations throughout Scotland.
The Scottish Youth Parliament works with many other organizations, including Scottish Government, Oxfam Scotland, CIVICUS, Scottish Local Authorities, UK Youth Parliament, Funky Dragon, Northern Ireland Youth Forum, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, YouthLink Scotland, and the British Youth Council.
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|Years of Office||Name||Constituency/Voluntary Organization|
|2000–2001||Steven Jack||STUC Youth Committee|
|2001–2002||Katrina Greig||Hamilton North and Bellshill|
|2002–2004||Steven Kidd||Motherwell and Wishaw|
|2004–2005||Paul Kane||Glasgow Springburn|
|2005–2007||Rajiv Joshi||Glasgow Govan|
|2007–2008||John Loughton||Edinburgh North and Leith|
|2008-2008||Kieran Collins||Edinburgh South|
|2009-2009||Sam Kerr||LGBT Youth Scotland|
|2011–2013||Grant Costello||East Kilbride|
|2013–Present||Kyle Thornton||Glasgow Southside|
General Information comes from "Guide to SYP" available on the Scottish Youth Parliament's website
- "Scottish Youth Parliament Meeting in Orkney, September 2007 - by Christopher Blakesley (Blakes) MSYP - Young Scot". Youngscot.org. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- SYP Voting System
- "Parliamentary Business : Scottish Parliament". Scottish.parliament.uk. 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
- "Photocall and public meeting: Scottish Youth Parliament meeting in Scottish Parliament chamber for first time". Scottish.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "Scottish Parliament - News - Youth Parliament To Sit At Holyrood". Scottish.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
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- Official Website
- SYP Coverage in the Media Page
- Youthlink Website
- YoungScot Website
- Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People Website
- The Scottish Government Website
- Oxfam Scotland Website
- CIVICUS Website
- British Youth Council Website