The day is nearly here! On Friday, November 23rd, we'll be running the UK Youth Parliament's annual debate in the House of Commons. We've details on how you can watch it live below, along with news of our brand new online shop, a report on youth elections and more.
Tune in to see youth democracy in action – UKYP House of Commons debate on BBC Parliament, 23rd Nov
This autumn, over 250,000 young people voted in the 'Make Your Mark' national ballot to decide what the UK Youth Parliament should campaign on for the year ahead. The top five issues (with one being chosen by Members of Youth Parliament) will be debated by Members of Youth Parliament in the House of Commons on 23rd November 2012, before deciding on their national campaign for 2013. As in previous years, the day will be broadcast live on BBC Parliament from 11am. You can also debate the top five issues with young people in the UK and all over Europe on OurSpace, our online debating forum.
BYC launches new online shop!
Inside the new BYC shop, you’ll find a range of product templates - including posters, business cards, letterheads and more - from BYC and its youth-led networks such as the UK Youth Parliament and Local Youth Council Network. There are also sweatshirts, t-shirts, bags and more! Visit the BYC shop.
Youth Votes Count! Our new report shows how turnout at youth elections is increasing
Our new report finds that youth elections are becoming increasingly popular with rising numbers of young people voting. The figures show that the number of votes being cast in youth elections in the UK has increased by nearly 50 per cent in just a year, from 409,114 in 2010/11, to 595,600 in 2011/12. Read all about our findings.
Northern Ireland Assembly supports Votes at 16
Recently the Northern Ireland Assembly passed a motion in support of lowering the voting age to 16. Votes at 16 campaigner and BYC Trustee Marc Kidson comments on what this could mean for the campaign over on our website.
Nominate now for BYC’s Youth On Board Awards!
The deadline for nominations for the next round of Youth On Board Awards (November 25th) is fast approaching! Make sure you get your nominations in quick – the winners could be presented with their awards at the British Youth Council Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons on December 17th. Find out more about the awards and how to nominate.
News from BYC International
BYC recently hosted an event for young people at the European Parliament about why they should care about Europe. They had the opportunity to meet with three MEPs and discuss issues such as how to get more young people to vote in European elections, the UK’s role in Europe and how they can have an impact. Check out our Storify of the event and the photos on our Facebook page. There are also new pages on the BYC website where you can find out more about our international work, including the latest opportunities for young people in our news section.
Tell UNICEF what you want the world to be like – join BYC’s workshop
BYC is working with UNICEF to find out what young people want for the world over the next 10 to 20 years. Join us on December 15th in Birmingham for a workshop to find out about international development plans and come up with actions you would like to see taken to create the future you want. The workshop is free, and we’ll cover travel costs of up to £50 per person, including a parent, guardian or support worker if necessary. The deadline for applications is December 7th. If you are 18 to 25 years old, click here to register. If you are 14 to 18 years old, click here to register. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Update from BYC vTwentyFour/24 volunteer Afsar Hussein
In September, four new young volunteers joined BYC on the vTwentyFour/24 programme. We are here for 24 hours a week for 24 weeks. So far we have attended three political party conferences, monitored press coverage, helped out at events and created vox pop videos. We have enjoyed our time so far because this has been a new challenge for us. We are about to start our social action projects regarding local issues. I will be doing mine around my local youth centre, which is due to be shut down in May 2013. Find out more about the vTwentyFour/24 programme.
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