Vice Chair Update December 2013
Keeping you up to date with what’s been happening over the past few weeks…
With an extremely successful sitting in Dundee, our staff team and board have all got sore cheeks from all the smiling we have been doing. There have been some really amazing activities and events going on which MSYPs have been a part of in the past month and they deserve huge congratulations.
The 7 MSYPs and team who attended the ‘We Need to Talk about Europe’ event in Belfast at the end of November. The trip went extremely well and there was a lot of great ideas shared, as well as in depth discussion!
Josh McCormick who attended a session at the European Parliament with LGBT Youth Scotland, in his role as the international representative.
All of the Audio Europa finalists, and also well done to everyone who took part in the competition. There were a lot of fantastic entries and it’s not long now until the winners’ announcement. This will be at the prize giving event on the 16th of December.
All of the membership with regards to the positive outcome of the Same Sex Marriage Bill at Stage One in Parliament. The bill was passed with a large majority of 98 votes to 15, with 5 abstaining.
Be sure to keep the SYP office up to date with all of the fantastic work that you are going out and doing. I know a lot of great work goes on with very positive results for young people. The SYP office can always help, particularly with raising further awareness and promotion.
House of Commons
I was very proud to say I was from the team for Scotland at the United Kingdom Youth Parliament event. With Jamie Macleod and Laurie Donaldson giving fantastic speeches, and members such as Scott Lamond speaking and featuring on BBC news, it was very hard not to be proud! Everyone who attended the event was brilliant and represented SYP to the best of their abilities. Watch them all in action here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03j0wlg/Youth_Parliament/
You can also access the Board Meeting minutes here.. http://www.syp.org.uk/who-we-are-W21page-66-
The European Rural Parliament
Roy Bartle attended the first sitting of the European Rural Parliament which was held at the EU campus in Brussels on Wednesday the 13th of November. Roy attended a series of lectures and workshops, all of which were highly insightful and overall a great experience.
Young Leaders Forum
Kris Chapman is currently in Brussels representing the UK and Scotland at the Young Leaders Forum for the Eastern Partnership and EU. There is a lot of insightful discussion going on and Kris is writing a blog on his experiences, so that everyone can follow his fantastic experience.
SYP has recently launched the second phase of the SYPeers programme. The programme is designed to recruit and train young people as peer educators to assist MSYPs with their outreach work. Applications can be found here. Spread the word!
The Commission for Strengthening Local Democracy
The Scottish Youth Parliament is responding to the Commission for Strengthening Local Democracy. The Commission has been set up to consider ways in which local democracy can be strengthened regardless of the result of the referendum. As MSYPs, it’s really important that we have as much input as possible to ensure that young people’s views are represented. You can fill in SYP’s online survey here. Please take the time to fill this in and encourage as many other young people as possible to do so as well.
Win £25 cinema vouchers! Take this 3-minute survey! Tell us what you think of a short film made by other young people. http://tinyurl.com/kmkds5o Thanks!
Member of the Moment – Assad Khan
Assad has been described by his fellow MSYPs as “dedicated, committed and passionate”. In his role as MSYP he has regular surgeries to meet constituents and “has a real passion for listening to the young people in his area”. Despite being the youngest MSYP for his constituency, he works with councillors, MSPs and his community council. As well as campaigning for a new school he strongly believes in preventing bullying and is a mentor in violence prevention locally. Assad is “always hard working and determined”.
So, as you can see there has been a lot of fantastic things going on over the past month. It’s great to recognise all of the positive work that is going on and keep each other up to date. Once again, don’t be afraid to get in touch with SYP to share what you have got planned in your local area. It’s great to see all the hard work and positive results that we have all been achieving!
Vice Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament