BYC Annual Sitting

Our Surrey MYPs attended the British Youth Council conference to exchange ideas with other MYPs from across the country and take part in the ‘Big Vote’ – a way to shape the manifesto for the UK Youth Parliament.

The motions debated by MYP’s on behalf of the young people in their constituencies will shape the Make Your Mark campaign for this year and will eventually lead to the Youth Cabinet and Youth Councils across the boroughs of Surrey delivering innovative projects based on the feedback of young people.

Surrey MYP Rory Moore said:

“The residential included activities and workshops which helped me to improve skills such as teamwork and communication – we had ‘regional’ sessions where I met all other MYPs from across the South East. This allowed me to build a network and to establish connections with other MYPs which will be useful for future campaigns. It also gave me the opportunity to learn about how other youth councils operate, and this means I will be able to feedback to the Surrey Youth Cabinet with ‘best practice’ from elsewhere top improve our structure and work.”

Young Mayor Elections 2019

The votes have been counted and on 17th June the Surrey Youth Cabinet elected their new Surrey Young Mayor – Jacob Wrenn.

Jacob is joined by Daniel Evans who is the Deputy Young Mayor. Their positions follow the same structure as the Chairman and Vice Chairman at Surrey County Council.

Jacob was warmly welcomed by Surrey County Council councillors at their Full Council meeting in County Hall on Tuesday 9 July. This was the first council meeting he had attended and he said of the experience “As my first official event as Surrey Young Mayor the meeting gave me a fuller understanding of how the council works which will help me in my role promoting young people’s involvement in democracy. I enjoyed meeting Chairman Tony Samuels and discussing how we can expand the role of Surrey Young Mayor”.

This is the first time Surrey has elected a Young Mayor and it’s hoped that this will enable a more vocal younger voice in Local Government.

Elections 2018

Election Borough Representatives 2018/2019 are as follows:

  • Khadeejah Hullemuth –  new Elected member for Surrey Heath
  • Rory Moore – new Elected member for Tandridge
  • Oliver McCourty – new Deputy for Tandridge

MYP Election Results are as follows:

  • Rory Moore MYP (Elected member for Tandridge) 2018/2019
  • Oliver McCourty MYP (Deputy for Tandridge) 2018/2019
  • Ian Volkov MYP (Elected member for Elmbridge) 2018/2019
  • Maisie Stewart MYP (Elected member for Waverley) 2019/2020
  • Bella Frewer MYP (Elected member for Woking) 2019/2020

Do you want to make a positive change for young people in Surrey?

If so, it might be time to stand for election or selection to Surrey’ Youth Collective!

This is your chance to make a difference and influence change….

If you would like to put yourself forward as a candidate in the Youth Collective and/or UK Youth Parliament elections, please either contact us here on the website ->

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Make Your Mark 2016

In late July 2016, young people nationally decided on the top ten issues that were important to them.

These were:

  • Votes at 16
  • A curriculum to prepare us for life
  • First Aid education for all young people
  • Mental health
  • Transport
  • Stop cuts that affect the NHS
  • Body image
  • Fund our youth services, don’t cut them
  • Raising awareness of sexual harrassment in schools
  • Tackling racism and religious discrimination, particularly against people who are Muslim or Jewish

Between August and the end of September 2016 — over 8 weeks — Surrey’s Youth Collective members were out in the streets, at events and in schools, talking to as many youth organisations and young people as they possible could to get votes on the issues most important to Surrey’s young people.

In October 2016 the results were announced by the British Youth Council…

The results came in and what an achievement — our Collective members had gathered 27,004 votes from young people aged 11 to 18 on the most important issues to them.

Yes, you read that correctly — we had collected a massive 27,004 votes !!!

Not only that, but nationally it placed Surrey 2nd in the largest national youth consultation !

Amazing when you think back to 2015 when we only managed to collect 2,816 votes in total.

Surrey’s votes contributed towards the total of 978,216 young people nationally that voted on topics that were important to them and which should be debated in the House of Commons on 11th November 2016.

We would like to say a massive thank you to all those who voted, all the schools that helped us collect votes and all the organisations and people who assisted us, collected votes with us, supported us and made this success a huge possibility.

Thank you