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Newcastle Youth Democracy Group (formerly Youth Council)

Who are Newcastle Youth Democracy Group?

The Youth Democracy Group is made up of two groups of young people aged between 11 to 18 years of age.  There 18 elected seats on Newcastle Youth Democracy Group and will have their role as Youth Leaders for a period of two years.    Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is issue based addressing local, regionally and nationally priorities.  Youth Parliament focus on national issues raised through Make Your Mark.  Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is not a political organisation.

Current Priorities for 2020

  • Protect our Environment
  • Put an end to Knife Crime
  • Better Mental Health Services 
  • Child Friendly City Project

Youth Parliament

  • Members of this group are serving Youth Councillors.
  • Two young people aged between 11 to 18 years who have been elected by their peers to represent the city on a national forum as Members of Youth Parliament (MYP).
  • Two young people aged between 11 to 18 years who have been elected by their peers to represent the city on a national forum as Deputy Members of Youth Parliament (DYP).
  • The Members of Youth Parliament's term of office is one year.
  • Members of this group support the national and regional priorities and the Make your Mark campaign.
  • Members of this group will be referred to as Youth Leaders.

UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11 to 18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.  The UK Youth Parliament has over 280 seats for Elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYP's) all aged 11 to 18. MYP's are usually elected in annual youth elections throughout the UK. Any young person aged 11 to 18 can stand or vote. In the past two years over one million young people have voted in UK Youth Parliament elections.

In Newcastle we have two Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) and two Deputy Members (DMYP). 

Once elected, MYP's organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people. All MYP's have the opportunity to meet once a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting where they discussion and debate important issues raised by young people from across the UK.  MYP's vote for the top ten priorities which become the Make Your Mark campaign.  The winning priorities are then debated at the House of Commons annual sitting.   In November 2019 members of UKYP placed a vote in the House of Commons and agreed that Protect the Environment and Put and end to knife crime would be the top priorities for their campaigns in 2019/20.

In Newcastle we have two Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) and two Deputy Members (DMYP).   We would like to thank Morgan Dobson and Tessy Idemudia for their outstanding contribution as Members of Youth Parliament as they exit their seats and make way for John Carr and Alisha Ali.

Youth Parliament members Morgan and Tessy speak in the House of Commons in November 2019.

There 18 elected seats on Newcastle Youth Democracy Group and will have their role as Youth Leaders for a period of two years.    Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is issue based addressing local, regionally and nationally priorities.  Youth Parliament focus on national issues raised through Make Your Mark.  Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is not a political organisation.

Newcastle Youth Council

  • There are 18 young people aged between 11 to 18 years who have been elected by their peers to represent young people's priorities on a local and regional platform on Newcastle Youth Council.
  • A Youth Councillor's term of office is two years; they will champion an identified portfolio of work and campaign on behalf of young people in Newcastle on identified priorities.
  • Members of this group will be referred to as Youth Leaders.

How can I meet with Newcastle Youth Democracy Group?

If you would like to meet with Youth Leaders email youthdemocracygroup@newcastle.gov.uk.  Youth Council and Youth Parliament meet once a month excluding August.

Background

Newcastle Youth Council (NYC) was launched in 2010 as an independent voice for 11 to 18 year olds who live, learn, or work in the City.  Since October 2014 NYC has been supported by the Communities Team at Newcastle City Council.  Based on feedback received from children and young people previously involved in youth council activity and those who participated in the national Make Your Mark Campaign 2018, Newcastle Youth Council’s structure and governance has been revised. Newcastle now has a Youth Democracy Group offering young people more opportunities to have their voice heard.  Any young person aged between 11 and 18 years can participate in Newcastle’s Youth Assembly or stand for election and take up a democratically elected role as a Member of UK Youth Parliament or a member of Newcastle Youth Council.  Current Youth Leaders were elected in February 2019 when we received 6384 votes from young people across the City. The Newcastle Youth Democracy Group is an apolitical group focused around children’s rights using a thematic work-based approach.

What is Newcastle Youth Council doing?

For our latest update click here and our previous updates click here

The newly elected Youth Council are currently developing their work plan.  Current portfolios are: Youth Voice, Education, Employment and Skills, Environment, Communities, Policy, Democracy, Scrutiny, Culture, Parks and Leisure, Safeguarding, Communication, Campaigns and Consultation and Public Health.
        
The main priorities for Newcastle Youth Democracy Group are Mental Health and the Child Friendly City Project.

For more information or to contact a Youth Leader email:  youthdemocracygroup@newcastle.gov.uk 

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