Are you interested in politics? Do you want to make real change in your community?

Hackney Youth Parliament has had a revamp and we want to get you involved!

Under the new format there will be 6 elected young leaders collaborating with 60 young people. You will be given a budget to work with and you will help decide how the services for young people are delivered in the borough.

It is fair to say the current pandemic has shifted our lives in major ways, highlighting existing issues and giving space for new ones.

As government and local authorities figure out how we move forward, the views of young people are incredibly important to this process.

The voices of young people MATTER!

Would you like to be one of the 6 elected cabinet members or one of the 60 people they work with?

As a member of the youth parliament you will learn what it means to participate in a democratic system, to advocate for your communities and be a part of creating positive change.

To become a elected cabinet member or wider member you have to be:

  • A young person who is a resident or attends a school in Hackney, aged between 14 and 19 years old (up to 25 with SEND.

We especially want to encourage those who are underrepresented in our current cohort to apply: young men, members of the LGBTQ+ community and members of the Jewish, Turkish and Kurdish communities.

What happens if I get elected?

  • Once you are elected you will be expected to find out the concerns and needs of other young people in our borough, and represent these views to decision makers on a local level
  • During your term in office, you will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of events, projects and campaigns
  • The Mayor of Hackney will be keen to hear from you, and many HYP members develop a productive working relationship with the Mayor’s office, often having meetings at Hackney Town Hall
  • You will attend a residential this summer, to get to know your fellow young parliamentarians as well as other trips organised by HYP

Hackney Youth Parliament has been an invaluable experience for me. I’ve gained confidence and improved my public speaking. Going on residentials and campaigning for issues we are passionate about have all been amazing. Being part of Youth Parliament opens you up to a massive range of opportunities that are irreplaceable, and it looks great on your CV! You truly get to make an impact and be the voice for the youth in Hackney which is so important right now!

Skye Fizgerald Mcshane, UK Youth Parliament member and HYP member 2016-18

How much time do I need to commit?

  • If elected your term in office would end in October 2023. On average you will need to commit three hours per week on HYP activities.

What skills can I develop whilst being an MYP?

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Public speaking skills
  • Greater knowledge of politics and current affairs
  • Debating skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Negotiation skills

What should I do next? 

  • If you are passionate about impacting your community register your interest here and the team will get back to you as soon as possible!

If you have any questions or would like to organise a visit email Nana Adae-Amoakoh at or call 020 8356 8555.

You can also find more information here.

Hackney Youth Parliament was truly a force of nature! I had no idea it existed nor any knowledge of the monumental influences they had amongst the youth of the borough. Luckily, I quickly came to know of them and readily began my involvement. I had the desire to not only elevate my own personal development but to elevate other young people. I am now surrounded by a group of positive, like-minded individuals that i consider family. I can truly say that HYP has exceeded my expectations.  This journey  is definitely for those ready to take on new responsibilities, opportunities and for those thrill-seekers who are comfortable feeling uncomfortable!

Beverley Tetteh, Hackney Young Speaker and HYP member 2018- 2019.