Hackney Youth Parliament

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 2021-23 Youth Parliament.

Their deputies are Griffin, Mustafa and Cara.

The Young Speakers of Hackney are Griffin and Sudenaz.

Hackney Youth Parliament (HYP) have worked on a series of campaigns to improve the lives of young people and the services they receive. This work has tackled inequalities young people face, and focused on issues such as mental health, work and policing policies.

HYP have increased awareness of positive opportunities available to young people through organising fun events and activities, and have launched the new Youth Opportunity Fund so youth projects in the borough can apply for funding to improve the lives of young people after lockdown.

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?

The six elected young leaders 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.

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 Hackney 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 (10am – 5pm).