Scripture Union Scotland is a member of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) and has two representatives (known as MSYPs) who represent the views of Christian young people in the youth parliament.
The Scottish Youth Parliament is a young people's parliament which is led by and for the benefit of young people, representing the views and issues that young people care about at a national level, so the voice of young people is heard by government and other decision makers.
It is made up of a combination of geographically-based (constituency) MSYPs and voluntary organsiations, such as SU Scotland, with a total membership of up to 200 representatives.
The Scottish Youth Parliament sits three times a year around the country, where representatives talk about and debate issues that matter to young people. This includes all sorts of things, including:
- Grants for young carers
- Young people's hospital wards
- Should Scotland's educational system be non-denominational?
SU Scotland's representatives are there to provide a voice from Christian young people and also to provide a faithful Christian witness.
SYP also run campaigns, which are also debated, voted and decided upon by the young people who make up the youth parliament. Last year, SYP representatives voted to campaign for a living wage for everyone, regardless of age, and have been contacting organisations, MSPs and others in support of this campaign.
As a national voluntary organisation member of SYP, SU Scotland is represented by two young people. These people are called MSYPs – Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
There are a number of things an SU Scotland MSYP does, including:
- Attend SYP sittings three times per year, including taking part in debates and committees about youth-related issues.
- Taking part in SYP campaigns, which are selected by MSYPs in consulation with young people across Scotland.
- Report to the young people on our Student Exec to keep them up-to-date with what was discussed at SYP sittings and any other activity they have been in.
- Proactively gather, respond to and represent the views and concerns of Christian young people.
- Provide a faithful Christian witness in the course of the above functions.
We support our MSYPs by supporting them to attend sittings, helping them to gather the views of Christian young people, assisting with preparation of speeches/debates as required. We try to keep up-to-date with what our MSYPs are doing, and we have a staff member designated as their support worker who helps them with whatever the need.