Youth Parliament

Scottish Youth Parliament

The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people.

Purpose of the Scottish Youth Parliament

It is a young people's parliament, designed by young people and led by young people for the benefit of young people.

They are committed to ensuring young people are heard by the decision makers of Scotland and are determined to campaign on the issues which matter most to Scotland's youth.

Current representatives for the Scottish Borders

  • Tanya Thomson and Georgia Pritchard are Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Constituency of Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire.
  • Sanna Aziz is the Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Constituency of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

The Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament are supported by staff from Scottish Borders Youth Voice to attend sittings and to deliver and develop local and national campaigns.

Elected representative roles

  • In the Scottish Borders we have three elected representatives serving as Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs).
  • The MSYP's are elected by their peer group and serve for a 2 year term.
  • MSYP's attend three sittings of the Scottish Youth Parliament in each year, and can also sit as members or conveners of committee groups.

Lead the Way - Scottish Youth Parliament Manifesto

On 12 March 2016, the Scottish Youth Parliament Launched Lead the Way at their 59th National Sitting in Galashiels. The Manifesto has received 72,744 consultation responses from young people all over Scotland, and provides SYP with an incredible mandate to represent the views of young people. 

View the full version of Lead the Way.

2016/17 Campaign - Speak Your Mind

'Speak Your Mind' will focus on:

  • raising awareness of mental health
  • empowering young people to talk positively about mental health
  • calling for accessible, high quality mental health services and information for all of Scotland’s young people

Further information about the Speak Your Mind campaign is available from Scottish Youth Parliament.

More information

To contact your local MSYP or find out more about the Scottish Youth Parliament, contact Scottish Borders Youth Voice using the details below or visit the Scottish Youth Parliament website.