Brent Youth Parliament (BYP) is made up of young people aged between 10 and 19 (up to 25 for young people with special educational needs or disabilities) who represent their schools and youth groups.
The MYPs (Member of Youth Parliament) decide on the issues that they want to look at and then work with councillors and council officers to bring about changes that will improve local services for young people. Joining is an opportunity to gain skills in debating, public speaking and campaigning in a safe and fun environment.
BYP meets at Brent Civic Centre on the last Saturday of every month to discuss and campaign on issues that affect young people.
'Brent Youth Parliament is the perfect platform to get your voice heard and share your opinions. It is a very non-judgemental and friendly environment, which is why I remained a member for five years.
You are able to grow in a comfortable environment where you can practise your public speaking skills. Each year, an executive and a campaign are voted on during an election.
I was lucky to have the opportunity to be elected 'Chair of BYP' as well as play a part in the planning committee for the campaign tackling unemployment. As a member of the executive you are able to sit on boards and committees which allows you to influence the changes taking place first hand.
Through taking up these opportunities I was able to meet many young people like myself and gain so many new friendships. I have gained knowledge and skills through my time and have met people that have taught me so much. There are so many opportunities offered to you, your time as a member of BYP is what you make it!'
Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ,
0208 937 6882
Brent Youth Parliament (BYP) is made up of young people aged between 10 and 19 who represent their schools and youth groups.
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Mobilize public support and use democratic tools such as lobbying in order to make social change.