Holyrood is set to open its doors to over 100 Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs), as they meet for two days to debate and discuss issues affecting young people in Scotland today, beginning on Friday 29 October.
As part of the event the MSYPs will present two petitions to the Public Petitions Committee, making history as they take part in the first committee meeting ever held in Holyrood’s Debating Chamber. The meeting will also represent the first time the Committee has convened to receive petitions exclusively from young people.
The two petition topics being presented are:
- ‘Ban Mosquito Devices Now’
- ‘Political Education for All’
A third petition will be presented by South Ayrshire Youth Forum, who are one of the Parliament’s ''Community Partners'. Their petition aims to give a voice to young people in matters concerning changes to leisure and cultural facilities.
Other highlights of the two day programme include:
- MSYPs participating in workshops alongside the Scottish Parliament’s Education team and Futures Forum.
- MSYPs discussing a range of issues such as, ‘How an MSYP’s role fits in with politics’ and, ‘How MSYPs can engage with the Scottish Parliament around issues that matter to young people.
- Deputy Presiding Officer Alasdair Morgan MSP chairing a session in the Chamber on Saturday. The session will feature a keynote speech from Tam Baillie, Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People, debates on several contemporary issues, and a look at the forthcoming SYP manifesto.
The Deputy Presiding Officer Alasdair Morgan MSP said:
"I am delighted to welcome the Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament back to the Scottish Parliament for their October 2010 sitting.
“It is good to see so many young people getting involved with local democracy and I am impressed that so many will be attending this event at Holyrood. I hope this sitting will help to inspire many other young people to become involved in politics and demonstrate that Holyrood, and the work that goes on here, is of great relevance and importance to their lives."
Members of the Public are welcome to view the first and second plenary sessions in the Chamber on Saturday 30th. The sessions run from 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 15.30.
Pre-booking is not required and the event is free.
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is a non-party political organisation, campaigning to highlight the voice of Scotland’s young people on a national and international stage. The SYP is made up of 150 young people aged 14-25 from across Scotland, representing every constituency. Some are also members of national voluntary organisations. More information can be found on the SYP website: www.syp.org.uk
The Holyrood sitting is one of four held each year by the SYP at a range of different locations.
The SYP has worked with the Scottish Parliament a number of times over the past ten years, including participating in the 10th Anniversary Parliamentary reception in 2009. The event aimed to showcase the success of the Youth Parliament over the past 10 years, highlighting the work that has been done and drawing attention to the impact this work had on young people across Scotland. They also held a 2007 and 2008 sitting in Holyrood.
You can now get in touch with the Parliament by text message. Our interactive service enables you to get the name of your MSP by sending your postcode, lets you ask questions about the Parliament and its work, and enables you to request a selection of free leaflets. The number to take advantage of is 07786 209888. Texts are charged at standard network rates. More details can be found on our Text Service page.