Surrey Youth Cabinet
Surrey Youth Cabinet is a group of democratically elected and selected young people aged 11 to 19 (or 25 if special education needs and disabled (SEND) representing youth participation groups and the 11 Boroughs within Surrey.
We all live, work or study within Surrey and our aim is to allow young people in Surrey to have a voice in their community and be heard at Council and Parliamentary level about issues that affect them.
The voice of young people is important to us and we would love all young people to be involved.
UK Youth Parliament (UKYP)
The UK Youth Parliament ensures that young people have the opportunity to use their voice to bring about social change on a national level. It sits with 369 elected Members (MYPs) all aged 11 to 19 who are usually elected annually through youth elections throughout the UK.
Any young person aged 11 to 19 can stand to be elected as an MYP or can vote to elect an MYP for their Borough or District.
Once elected MYPs organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision makers on the issues which matter most to young people. All MYPs have the opportunity to meet once a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and attend the House of Commons to debate and decide the most important issues to campaign on for the year ahead.
Surrey has five elected UK Youth Parliament Members (MYPs) who represent the voice and concerns of all of Surrey’s young people.
Surrey Young Mayor
The Surrey Youth Cabinet runs a program called the Surrey Young Mayor, championing the voices of young people across Surrey. The Surrey Young Mayor is elected for a term to represent the views of young people and encourage them to create opportunities around issues that matter to them and their communities.
The young mayor aims to:
- Listen and act on the views of young people in Surrey
- Encourage young people to be active citizens and champion democracy
- Recognise the value and potential of young people’s ideas and support them.
The current Surrey Young Mayor, Jacob Wrenn, had this to say after he was elected.
'I am immensely proud to have been elected the first ever Young Mayor of Surrey. This is an extremely prestigious role that serves as a representative of youth voice and champions young people’s role in democracy. As part of the role I have a strong vision of unifying youth voice and representation groups across Surrey so they can benefit from joint training, promotion and coordination of campaigns.
I look forward to taking on this position and working with young people to improve youth services across Surrey.'
Jacob has also set out the following targets in his manifesto of the points he would like to achieve during his time as Young Mayor.
- Establishing a network of Youth Councils across Surrey so that every young person can have their say
- Enabling young people to have the Young Mayor’s support with project ideas
- Recognising innovative youth-led projects across Surrey through a Young Mayor’s Award
- Supporting young people across Surrey to participate in youth voice through the Surrey Youth Cabinet.
If you are interested in inviting the Surrey Young Mayor to an event or want to contribute to the work of the Surrey Youth Cabinet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to become part of a collective group of young people who work to ensure that the voice of young people and the real issues in Surrey are heard and acted upon, we want to hear from you.
Note: Surrey Youth Cabinet lies under Surrey County Council's Children, Families and Learning Directorate, which has a unique privacy notice explaining how your personal data is used.