Scottish Youth Parliament

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Scottish Youth Parliament Ltd.
Scottish Youth Parliament logo.jpg
Formation1999
TypeCompany limited by guarantee
Location
Area served
Scotland
FieldsYouth empowerment
representation
Chair
Suki Wan
Vice Chair
Jack Dudgeon
Websitesyp.org.uk

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is a politically-independent organisation which aims to represent the young people of Scotland.

The SYP is made up of around 166 democratically-elected young people aged from 14–25 across Scotland.[1] Representatives are known as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs). Every constituency area elects two MSYPs to represent the views and opinions of the young people of the area. In addition, some MSYPs also represent Voluntary Organisations such as LGBT Youth Scotland and Haggeye.

The SYP meets three times a year.

The four core values of the SYP are rights, democracy, inclusion and political impartiality.

The SYP campaigns on various issues which affect Scotland's young people. The Youth Parliament has been an advocate for Votes at 16 since its inception in 1999 and has campaigned for it ever since, notably ensuring that Young People aged 16 and 17 could vote in the Referendum on Scottish Independence in 2014. SYP has campaigned on a range of issues: from their campaign on Equal Marriage – Love Equally - to their Young Carers Campaign – Care. Fair. Share. SYP's 2017-18 campaign - Right Here Right Now - centred on improving the protection of young people's rights in Scotland, and was successful in securing a commitment from the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) would be incorporated into Scots Law. The Scottish Youth Parliament's current campaign is "All Aboard", which seeks to improve young people's experiences of public transport in Scotland.

The organisation is governed by a Board of Trustees who work as part of a team including the Chair (currently Suki Wan - Glasgow Shettleston) and Vice Chair (currently Jack Dudgeon - Eastwood). As of June 2018 they are, Jack Norquoy (Orkney Islands), Zanib Ahmed (Glasgow Cathcart), Josh Kennedy (Renfrewshire North & West), and Keiran O’Neill (Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn).

History[edit]

The Scottish Youth Parliament was launched on 30 June 1999 at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh,[2] one day before the first meeting of the Scottish Parliament.

The group has previously held meetings in the General Assembly Rooms (former temporary home of the Scottish Parliament) in Edinburgh[3] and also within the new Scottish Parliament building.[4], and the Scottish Parliament itself.

Partner organisations[edit]

The Scottish Youth Parliament works with many other organisations, including Scottish Government, Oxfam Scotland, CIVICUS, Scottish Local Authorities, UK Youth Parliament, Funky Dragon, Northern Ireland Youth Forum, Welsh Youth Parliament, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, YouthLink Scotland, Highland Youth Voice, and the British Youth Council.

Chairs[edit]

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[5] Edinburgh North and Leith
2008 Kieran Collins Edinburgh South
2009 Sam Kerr LGBT Youth Scotland
2009–2011 Derek Couper Livingston
2011–2013 Grant Costello East Kilbride
2013–2014 Kyle Thornton Glasgow Southside
2014–2015 Louise Cameron Moray
2015–2016 Jordan Linden[6] Uddingston and Bellshill
2016 Katie Burke North East Fife
2016–2017 Terri Smith Edinburgh Northern and Leith
2017–2018 Amy Lee Fraioli Rutherglen
2018–present Suki Wan Glasgow Shettleston

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Governance[edit]

The Scottish Youth Parliament is a company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in Scotland No: SC227548[8] and a charity registered in Scotland No: SC032662[9] and is governed by a board of Trustees elected directly by the Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holyrood welcomes back Scottish Youth Parliament" (Press release). Scottish Parliament. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Parliamentary Business : Scottish Parliament" (PDF). Scottish Parliament. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Photocall and public meeting: Scottish Youth Parliament meeting in Scottish Parliament chamber for first time" (Press release). Scottish Parliament. 23 August 2002. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Youth Parliament To Sit at Holyrood" (Press release). Scottish Parliament. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  5. ^ Dyke, Peter (3 January 2008). "Big Brother: Meet the contestants". Dailystar.co.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  6. ^ "SNP councillor steps aside after police sleaze probe". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Board Members". Scottish Youth Parliament. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ "SCOTTISH YOUTH PARLIAMENT - Overview (free company information from Companies House)". beta.companieshouse.gov.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  9. ^ "OSCR | Charity Details". www.oscr.org.uk. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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