Suffolk UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)
What's it all about?
UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is run by young people for young people..
In Suffolk the MYPs and DMYPs (Deputy/Members of Youth Parliament) work to represent the views of young people at a local and national level.
They all assist in running Make Your Mark, the UK's largest youth consultation.
Being part of UKYP gives you the opportunity to meet new people, make lasting friends and make a difference.
UKYP gives young people a powerful voice that is heard by decision makers in local and national government and helps young people to use their energy and passion to change the world for the better.
Being an MYP is all about finding out the views of young people and presenting their views, opinions and issues to local decision makers, as well as being a collective voice for young people in Suffolk.
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Looking for resources or ways to get involved as a school, college or youth group? We have information and support for you here.
Watch MYPs speaking in the House of Commons
Isaac Codjoe, MYP for Ipswich delivered an inspirational speech about knife crime.
He suggests that more needs to be done to provide young people with a feeling of safety, to nurture them and provide them with equal opportunities and an education so that they can thrive.
He calls on the community in addition to the government to join up to eradicate knife crime.
I'm calling on MYPs, community leaders, parents to encourage our young people to drop the weapons of destruction and alternatively hand them the tools of construction - education, opportunity and a future.
Will Pope, DMYP for Ipswich delivered a concise and well informed speech on Mental Health.
He highlighted the need for shorter waiting times to access school counsellors and encouraged young people to take their peers seriously if they speak out about their mental health and any difficulties they face even if they seem 'happy' on the outside.
Will also warned about the issue of climate change and the environment which was the top voted topic in Suffolk in Make Your Mark.
Shouldn't we focus on our planet before we focus on anything else?