Barnet’s young people to get a national voice

The followinbg is a Barnet Council press release aimed at the younger generation. If anyone from N3, N12 or N2 is elected to the National Youth Council, could they please contact the Finchley Arrow and we will write an article about them to get them more known locally.

If any reader knows of any young people who might be interested in joining the NYC why not tell them about it as it will be an excellent item to put on their CV. And another feather in Fincley’s hat!

Now the press release:

Young people in Barnet will soon be able to make their voices heard nationally as nominations open for the borough’s first ever representatives to join the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP).

The UKYP was established in 2000 and is run by young people for young people, giving them the opportunity to share their opinions on a wide range of issues from job opportunities to foreign policy.

Its views and recommendations are listened to by local and national government and providers of youth services. In 2002, for example, a campaign by the UKYP resulted the Government announced that sex and relationship’s education become statutory in all schools.

All of Barnet’s 11-18 year olds are able to vote for two Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) and two Deputy MYPs who’ll represent them at national events. All representatives will be non political.

Bobby Wiafe, a member of Barnet Youth Board, Barnet’s youth council which campaigned for the borough to join the UKYP, said: “More than 80 per cent of Local Authorities are represented already in the Youth Parliament so it’s only fair that our voice is heard as well.

“It gives young people the chance to get to know what an election is like, giving them the experience so that when they turn 18 they will know about voting and being represented” she added.

Councillor Andrew Harper, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families said:

“The UK Youth Parliament gives young people an insight into how democracy works – hopefully we will see some of them become councillors or even MPs in the future.”

If a young person is interested in running for a MYP post in Barnet they first need to nominate themselves by contacting 0208 359 6086 or emailing They will then be invited to attend a workshop in January where they will work on their manifestos.

These manifestos will then be posted online on the Barnet Young People’s website and young people will be able to vote for their preferred candidate between 7 and 18 February 2011.

The election process will be promoted in Barnet secondary schools and students will be encouraged to vote online in February.

For more information about the UK Youth Parliament or to download an application form, visit:

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