The Youth Council is for young people aged 11-18 years who live in the Wakefield district. The Youth Council is made up of young people elected from groups e.g. school council, local Area Forums, voluntary and community groups. The project aims to ensure that young people from across the district will have the opportunity for their views to be represented at the Youth Council. Young people meet with key decision makers to get things done quickly where possible.
This provides an opportunity for young people to be more informed and a part of the decision making process, promoting the involving young people (IYP) work to different groups and supporting the development of their ideas. We work with voluntary and statutory groups and engage them in IYP work – supporting a drop in surgery for young people to discuss issues and concerns that matter to them on a local level.
The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a national organisation. Young people aged 11–18 are elected by young people in the district’s schools. These Deputy/Members of the Youth Parliament (D/MYPs) tell the National Government in Westminster, London about the issues that young people are concerned about. Every 2 years new members are elected to represent 11-18 year olds in 2 constituencies in the Wakefield District:-