Key Moments Since SYP52
With only a few days left to go until the Scottish Youth Parliament’s 53rd National Sitting, MSYPs from across Scotland are making last minute preparations for what is set to be a great weekend in Stirling and Clackmannanshire.
Since the last National Sitting in October 2013, a lot has happened.
The Audio Europa competition ran and the winner was announced in December. Following this, a number of MSYPs have been involved in various prize events this year, ranging from visits to the European and External Affairs Committee to meeting with Members of the European Parliament. MSYPs have attended numerous conferences and events where they have represented the voice of young people from across Scotland.
Care.Fair.Share. was launched in January this year and MSYPs have been campaigning with great enthusiasm and energy to make a difference for Scotland’s young carers.
The Scottish Youth Parliament’s young voter engagement project, Aye Naw Mibbe, is now underway. The project aims to remove barriers to voter engagement by ensuring young people have access to sources of robust and impartial information.
Another great success of 2014 was the historic decision made by the Scottish Parliament to legalise same-sex marriage in Scotland. In support of Love Equally, MSYPs campaigned throughout Scotland to make marriage equality a reality, and on the 4th of February 2014 Scotland’s call for equality was heard loud and clear as MSPs voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.
These are just some of the fantastic key moments and successes which have happened over the last few months. SYP53 will be a great opportunity for MSYPs across Scotland to come together and share further success stories and discuss how the Scottish Youth Parliament can continue to contribute to historical and critical moments which shape the future of our society.
Why MSYPs are looking forward to SYP53
Speaking ahead of the weekend Kyle Thornton, SYP Chair, said:
“SYP’s National Sitting is a fantastic opportunity for elected young people from across Scotland to come together. We’ll be debating issues of importance to Scotland’s young people in a way that is both professional and fun and youth friendly, as well as developing our campaign work. The two days are hard work, but everyone goes away ready to go back to their local area and work hard to make a difference for other young people.”
Anna Goodfellow, MSYP for Stirling, is very exciting to be welcoming her fellow MSYPs to her hometown for the Sitting this weekend. Anna said:
“It’s great to be holding the 53rd Scottish Youth Parliament Sitting in the constituency of Stirling, which I am proud to represent. We share the hosting of the Sitting with the Dunblane and Clackmannanshire constituency, so to have the sitting in the Forth Valley area is fantastic. Chris Wood, my fellow elected candidate for Stirling, and myself have been greatly looking forward to welcoming the MSYPs from all around Scotland to our city, once classed as ‘The Gateway to the Highlands’.
“It is also very exciting to have the Sitting in Stirling as it is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. The site of which is only ten minutes from St Modan’s High School.
“For a lot of MSYPs, this weekend will be their first SYP Awards. I know that therefore amongst all of the preparation for the discussions, debates, and forward planning, the vital issue of whether to wear heels or no heels is already being widely discussed.
“Stirling Management Centre will be co-hosting the event. It will be fantastic to see the hard work of our MSYPs being recognised. I sincerely hope all attendants enjoy their time at the Sitting and in the city of Stirling”
Share why you are looking forward to SYP53 with your fellow MSYPs. You can get involved in the online discussion using #SYP53.
The countdown is on.