Hackney Youth Parliament

Hackney Youth Parliament have two exciting events coming up this half term – our Black History Season Celebration on Saturday 22 October and our debate exploring the relationship between young people and the police, Who Do You Trust? on Tuesday 25 October.

Hackney Youth Parliament represents the views of young people in the borough. They aim to advocate on behalf of all their peers and contribute to positive change for all young people. They run campaigns about important issues, and hold regular events and consultations.

There are currently six elected members of the 2021-22 Youth Parliament.

Their deputies are Griffin, Goldinne and Reyes.

Our newly elected Youth Parliament, alongside the Young Speakers of Hackney, Sonny and Sudenaz, are pumped and ready to influence change in our community.

Over the next year Hackney Youth Parliament (HYP) is set to work on a series of campaigns to improve the lives of young people and the services they receive. This work will aim to tackle inequalities young people face, and will focus on issues such as mental health, work and policing policies.

HYP will also increase awareness of positive opportunities available to young people through organising fun events and activities. HYP will be launching the new Youth Opportunity Fund so youth projects in the borough can apply for funding to improve the lives of young people after lockdown. This will be launched in October.

If you want to take part you can join the elected members in the regular weekly forum meetings and you can become a changemaker!

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 the 6 elected young leaders will collaborate with 60 young people. Will you be one of them? 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!

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.

“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

What skills can I develop whilst being part of Hackney Youth Parliament?

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

“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

What should I do next? 

If you are passionate about impacting your community,

and the team will get back to you as soon as possible!

Elections for Hackney Youth Parliament take place every two years – anyone aged 11-19 can stand as a candidate.

If you have any questions or would like to organise a visit email hyp@hackney.gov.uk or by calling 020 8356 2200 (10.00am – 5.00pm).