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Youth Council

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

Have your say and join the Youth Council

  • do you live, work or study in Westminster?
  • 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 any ideas to improve Westminster’s services for your needs?

Join 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

Join the Youth Council as a member by filling in filling in our Youth Council application form.

You can also email Shofa Miah, Westminster Youth Council Strategic Manager, at [email protected].

Remember to spread the word and encourage your peers to register.

What is Westminster Youth Council?

Westminster Youth Council (WYC) is an inclusive and diverse platform for 11 to 18-year-olds (up to 25 with SEND) who live or study in Westminster to come together and discuss issues that are pertinent to them. We represent the youth voice for young people in Westminster, working in partnership with Westminster’s leadership, directorates and networks to deliver on the ambitions set out in the Fairer Westminster Strategy.

Led by the Members of Youth Parliament for Westminster, James Balloqui and Myra Soni, and managed by Youth Council Lead Shofa Miah, the WYC has hybrid weekly meetings on Monday evenings after school. Members join the meetings via MS Teams or in person at Westminster City Hall.

Our Youth MPs represent Westminster's Young People on a National Scale - for instance, attending the annual sitting at the House of Commons. 

The WYC has done hugely important work in furthering the objectives of young people in Westminster and amplifying the youth's voice. We receive unique opportunities to attend joint events and conferences, debate significant and topical issues, and network with decision-makers and other young people. It’s a truly wonderful experience.

Our priorities this year are:

  • the equity, diversity, and inclusion agenda  
  • the climate crisis 
  • youth services 
  • mental health 
  • education

Make Your Mark

The UK Youth Parliament's Make Your Mark campaign provides young people with a unique opportunity to let decision makers know the issues they're most affected by. It is the largest national consultation of young people, powered by the British Youth Council (BYC) and supported by local youth councils across Europe.

The ballot gives young people aged 11–18 the chance to have a say on the biggest issues facing them today to make change for their futures.

Young people can submit their vote of issues that matter to most to them from 29 January until 8 March.

Find out how to Make Your Mark

Westminster Youth Elections 2024

Are you interested in becoming the next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Westminster?

This year our election finale will be held on Monday 18 March 2024 at Marylebone Town Hall.

In order to apply, you must:

  1. Join the Youth Council as a member by filling in the application form for Westminster Youth Council
  2. Attend at least 3 Monday meetings before the election date
  3. Submit an expression of interest for the MYP role, the deadline for applications will be Friday 8 March 2024

You will also need parental consent.

Join the Youth Council as a member by filling in filling in our Youth Council application form.

Westminster Youth Council is an inclusive platform for young people aged between 11 – 18 year (up to 25 if there are additional needs). Led by our two elected Members of UK Youth Parliament we represent the youth voice for young people in Westminster, working in partnership with Westminster's

If you need support or have questions, please contact Shofa Miah, Westminster Youth Council Strategic Manager, at [email protected].

Meet your Youth MPs

Please see their manifestos below.

James Balloqui, 17, MYP

 

Priorities as Youth MP:

  • youth services
  • mental health
  • education

Youth MP James says:

I’ve been a member of Youth Council since October 2019 and have lived in Westminster all my life. I joined Westminster Youth Council to make positive change for young people. It was a great honour to be elected Member of Youth Parliament for Westminster. Using my role I aim to deliver on my manifesto points which are some of the most pressing issues young people face currently. The pandemic has highlighted that not enough is being done to support our young people, I hope that with Kaden and the other members of Youth Council we can achieve real change for young people by the end of my term.

MYP Myra Soni, 15 years old 

 

Priorities as Youth MP: 

  • mental health 
  • the equity, diversity, and inclusion agenda  
  • the climate crisis  

Youth MP Myra says: 

I came to the UK from India when I was six years old and this experience influenced my journey into politics and activism and led me to  join the Westminster Youth Council in 2020. What I didn’t know at the time was what an extraordinary platform and opportunity this would be, therefore in March of 2023 I stood for elections and was elected as the first female MYP in 8 years and first with the pertinent manifesto point of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. I am eager to aim high in amplifying the powerful youth voice and lead in a way which drives clear, positive change. It is truly a great honour to represent the passionate and spirited young people of Westminster.  

Kaden Pradhan, former MYP 2022-2023 

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Kaden Pradhan, former MYP 2022-2023

My time serving as a Member of Youth Parliament for Westminster is something I will cherish for decades to come. I worked with some truly inspirational people during my term, and together with my fellow MYP James Balloqui and the rest of the WYC, we accomplished some truly amazing feats. Engagement with senior figures including Councillors and Directors improved, and both Cllr Tim Roca and our Youth Council Lead, Shofa Miah, were instrumental in broadening our platform. The Youth Council is an exceptional vehicle for delivering the often-marginalised youth voice, and I’m honoured to continue to serve in an consultative role

UK Youth Parliament

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Westminster youth parliament

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 MPs are official Youth Parliament (MYP) members. 

Formed in 2000, the Youth Parliament has around 350 members elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government and service providers. Over 500,000 young people vote in the annual elections, which are held in at least 90 per cent 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 nationally, including an annual debate within the Chamber of the House of Commons every November.

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

Westminster Youth Council on Climate Change

Volunteering opportunities in Westminster

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Young Westminster Foundation

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British Youth Council

UK Youth Parliament

You can also follow the Westminster Youth Council on Twitter.

Published: 9 February 2021

Last updated: 8 February 2024