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Update from your MSYPs…

Friday 19th October 2018

David Kong (65th Edinburgh) and John Paterson (3rd Kilsyth) are the current BB members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Scotland's democratically elected voice of young people.  Here's their take on what's been happening recently:

In June, we attended a Scottish Youth Parliament sitting in Dumfries and Galloway to mark the start of the second year of our term.­ Last year, the SYP National Campaign was “Right Here, Right Now” and we visited several Queen’s Badge Courses to deliver sessions about young people’s rights. We are delighted to share that the “Right Here, Right Now” campaign has been successful as the First Minister announced in September the Scottish Government’s intent to incorporate the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Government’s Programme for Scotland 2018-19.

Since the last sitting, we have both been involved in the BB Year of Young People Advisory Group to plan national events such as the Big BB Brunch after the huge success of the Youth Voice Event. We also had the huge privilege of hosting the YOYP-themed Brigade Conference in September. That was a fantastic weekend!

The new SYP National Campaign for 2018-19 is public transport and we will continue to work on this campaign at our next sitting in Kilmarnock, on October 20th and 21st. Our final sitting during this term will be in March so if you have any suggestions of member’s motions that you would like us to submit feel free get in contact us via email or Twitter.

Finally, we would like to persuade all young people (14 - 25) in the BB to apply for the role of MSYP as we have both really enjoyed our time as MSYP so far. The application deadline is the 31st of October. Visit the elections website.  

Why not get in touch with David and John to find out more about SYP and their roles as MSYPs? 

David Kong, 65th Edinburgh| Email: David.Kong.MSYP@sypmail.org.uk | Twitter: @DavidKongMSYP

John Paterson, 3rd Kilsyth| Email: John.Paterson.MSYP@sypmail.org.uk | Twitter: @JPatersonMSYP

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