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Youth Council

See how you can have your say and meet your Youth MPs.

Published: 9 February 2021

Last updated: 9 February 2021

The Youth Council gives you the chance to have your say on local issues affecting you and your friends. It allows you to meet decision-makers and help you get your voices heard.

Our priorities this year are:

  • improving how opportunities are communicated to young people
  • improving life skill lessons for young people in Westminster
  • improving opportunities for providing work experience for young people in Westminster
  • improving opportunities to young people Activities  
  • improving Leisure areas for young people 
  • gender inequality in sports
  • meeting and influencing  the people who make decisions that effect young people

Have your say - join us

Are you aged 11 to 18 (or up to 25 with additional needs)?

Want to have your say about things that matter to you?

Got ideas to improve Westminster’s services for your needs?

Join the us to:

  • get involved in decisions that affect you
  • meet the people who make decisions in Westminster
  • get your voice heard and have your say

To join, contact Shofa Miah on [email protected] or Sophia Karayaz on [email protected] or 07812760259.

We also meet via a virtual platform on Mondays from 6pm to 7:30pm (term time only).

We are an inclusive group of young people aged 11 to 18 who live in, go to school in, or are looked after by The City of Westminster.

We are the voice for young people in the borough, gathering your views and presenting them to decision-makers.

We regularly meet with decision-makers to give our opinions on policies, activities and services delivered in Westminster.

We are also involved in recruiting staff for many of Westminster’s services.

Westminster Youth Elections

There are around 12,000 young people aged 11 to 18 in Westminster and every year you vote for your Youth MP and Deputy Youth MP.

The 2019 Westminster Youth Election took place between Monday 4 March and Thursday 21 March, and saw 15% of young people (1800 votes) in Westminster turn out to vote. Due to Covid 19 coinciding with the planned 2020 election, the decision was taken to extend the current MP's term for another year.

Civan Terbas, 14, was elected the new Youth MP and Issac Saliu, 17, was elected Deputy Youth MP.

Civan and Issac will now act as the voice of young people of Westminster, take part in the UK Youth Parliament and will work directly with key decision makers in the council to help influence and shape local services for young people.

Meet your Youth MPs

Youth MPs Civan Terbas and Issac Saliu in front of a media board, with their certificate of appreciation in 2019

 

Youth MP, Civan Terbas says

I am extremely happy to be Westminster's next Youth MP. I am intending to carry out my manifesto that includes helping young people who are experiencing mental health problems. I am also very grateful to my parents for their support and to the former Youth MPs who have offered great advice.

Deputy Youth MP, Issac Saliu says

I am looking forward to working more with the London Youth Assembly to ensure Westminster becomes an even nicer place for everyone to live.

UK Youth Parliament

Aziz Saiq MSP 2017-2019

As of October 2016, Westminster City Council joined the UK Youth Parliament following a vote from its Youth Council. The decision to join the Youth Parliament means that our current Youth MP is an official Member of Youth Parliament (MYP).

Formed in 2000, the Youth Parliament has around 350 members, who are elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government and service providers. Over 500,000 young people vote in the elections each year, which are held in at least 90 percent of constituencies. It is managed by the British Youth Council.

Members meet regularly to hold debates and plan campaigns at least three times a year locally and twice on a national level, which includes an annual debate within the Chamber of the House of Commons every November.

Those elected for UKYP hold the suffix of MYP (Member of the UK Youth Parliament) in their names.

Working with the Youth Council

If you would like to join the Youth Council please email Sophia Karayaz at [email protected] or contact her on 07812760259.

Volunteering opportunities in Westminster

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Young Westminster Foundation

Become a young voter

British Youth Council

UK Youth Parliament