Become a Youth MP
Youth Parliament is organised by the Ministry of Youth Development once every three years as a way of giving young people a ‘hands on’ experience and deeper understanding of our parliamentary democracy.
Every MP selects a young person to be their youth MP and different parties operate different selection processes.
Christchurch East Green Party MP Mojo Mathers says:
“I am specifically looking for a young person with a disability as disabled peoples’ voices are seriously under-represented in Parliament. If they have specific support needs ( such as a note-taker), MYD will be able to provide that support.”
“In particular I am looking for someone who has been able to engage with their community or peers, is passionate about social change and willing to advocate for others. They need to put in their application why they want to be a youth MP for me and if they have a referee that would be great.”
Last term Mojo Mathers’ Youth MP was Dean Buckley, and his experience was covered by Attitude TV. Click here to view.
According to MYD, applicants should be:
- Aged 16-18 on 16 October, 2015
- Able to seek the views, opinions and ideas of their peers and represent them at Youth Parliament 2016
- Able to attend Youth Parliament and commit to the Youth MP tenure from 25 January to 25 July, 2016.
Click the link to read more information. http://www.myd.govt.nz/young-people/youth-parliament/index.html