Renfrewshire Council

Renfrew High pupils Emma Crawford, Kieran Sanderson, Kirsty Downs, Skye Docherty and Laura Cole

Renfrew High pupils urge young people to stand for the Scottish Youth Parliament

Five pupils say it's important young people make sure their voices are heard.

They told us young people can do that best by becoming a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP).

Skye Docherty added: "Standing to be elected in the Scottish Youth Parliament gives young people an opportunity to make our voices heard and be a voice for other young people."

Young people aged between 14 and 25 years-old can register their interest to stand as an SYP candidate in next year's elections on their website - see 'related links'.

But you need to make the decision soon as the closing date is Friday 16 November 2018.

What is the Scottish Youth Parliament?

Scottish Youth Parliament elections are held every two years, in which young people from across Scotland stand as candidates to become Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs).

MSYPs range in age from 14 to 25 and represent constituencies in all 32 local authorities throughout the country, and several national voluntary organisations.

SYP was established on 30 June 1999, making the organisation one day older than the Scottish Parliament.

What does an MSYP do?

MSYPs serve a two-year term and attend three sittings each year to give young people a voice on a national level.

Young People in Renfrewshire will elect five MYSPs - two for Renfrewshire North West, two for Paisley and one for Renfrewshire South.

What support do MSYPs get?

All MSYPs are supported by the Council's youth services team.

If you want to ask any questions, email youth@renfrewshire.gov.uk or call 0141 889 1110.

Everyone who registers an interest in becoming a candidate is also invited to a candidate briefing session on Wednesday 28 November 2018 in the Council Chambers within Renfrewshire House.

Published: Tuesday 7 November 2018

Pictured: Renfrew High pupils Emma Crawford, Kieran Sanderson, Kirsty Downs, Skye Docherty and Laura Cole

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