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Become an MSYP

Young people aged 14-25 can stand as a candidate in SYP elections. SYP elections are held in Scotland every two years and will next take place in November 2021.

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. Held every two years, SYP elections will take place between the 9th and 21st of November 2021 and this is your chance to stand. Your journey to changing the future for Scotland’s young people starts here.

You need to express your interest by June 30th 2021 to stand. If you want to register to stand for the elections in November, then click here.

The timeline to becoming an MSYP starts on April 1st 2021, and can be seen here:

What are the Elections?

People aged 14-25 can stand for election as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYP) in two ways:

  1. As one of two MSYPs in your Local Constituency.
  2. Through a number of voluntary organisations that have representative MSYPs.

The votes of young people, give MSYPs their democratic mandate to represent the views of Scotland’s young people. In the last elections, in 2019, over 70,000 votes were cast.

MSYPs have a crucial role to play in Scottish public life, from representing young people across the country to running impactful campaigns. Successful previous campaigns include:

  • Right Here, Right Now was fundamental in incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law.
  • All Aboard recommended free bus travel for young people, which is being introduced later this year.

Why should you stand?

Becoming an MSYP is a life changing experience. You will improve the lives of Scotland’s young people, learn new skills, and meet other inspiring young people. You will become a leader, gain confidence, receive excellent training, and much more.

SYP believe that young people’s voices matter, and we are committed to ensuring you can realise your right to be heard. We hope you seize the opportunity to apply and look forward to welcoming you to the SYP family.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here.

Key Resources

  1. Register your interest in standing to become an MSYP
  2. Download the info presentation
  3. FAQs for Young People
  4. Find your MSYP

Stay in the loop

Missed your window to become an MSYP? There are other ways to get involved in the organisation.