Commonwealth Youth Parliament
Applications for 2022
The 11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (#CYP11) will be hosted this year by the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago from 20 to 24 November 2022.
The CPA Isle of Man Branch has applied for a place and, provided our application is successful, will fund one young person to attend this event.
How to apply:
If you are aged 18-29, confident and articulate with an interest in the Commonwealth and political affairs, and would be interested in being considered, please apply by sending an e-mail before 5pm on Wednesday 31st August 2022, setting out in no more than 300 words: (a) how you would benefit from the experience; and (b) how the Isle of Man would benefit from your attendance at the event.
Send the email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Commonwealth Youth Parliament 2022.
Note that depending on travel dates you will need to be available between the 19 – 25 November 2022 and be willing and able to travel to the Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago which will require at least six months before the expiration of your passport. There are no visa requirements for UK or IOM passport holders.
The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is an event held in a different Commonwealth region each year. Up to 66 young people from across the Commonwealth get the opportunity to experience various aspects of parliamentary democracy and connect with youth representatives from around the world.
What to expect
Youth parliamentarians will participate in education sessions led by experienced parliamentary officials, take part in parliamentary proceedings including Question Period, and debate and vote on legislation and motions. Young Members of Parliament from across the Commonwealth will participate as mentors to the young people.
The International Youth Parliament is an opportunity for Commonwealth young people to experience aspects of parliamentary democracy and provides a platform for them to establish links with like-minded peers. Formal parliamentary practice adapted from several Commonwealth countries will be followed and the proceedings will be observed under the watchful eyes of experienced parliamentary officials.
How can I apply to go?
Invitations for nominations are sent to all each branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The Isle of Man Branch of the CPA advertise the opportunity to young people and read all applications. The members select the best application and submit their nomination to apply for a place at the CYP. Provided the application is successful, the CPA funds one young person to travel and attend this event.
Applications are now open for the 11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament to be held October 2022
In 2020 and 2021 the Commonwealth Youth Parliament was held virtually.
Young citizens from across the Commonwealth participated in a week-long Commonwealth Youth Parliament. The virtual format allowed young people from all 9 CPA regions to connect across 17 time zones.
In 2020, 59 delegates representing 32 different Commonwealth Parliaments participated in a range of parliamentary activities. Read more: virtual-commonwealth-youth-parliament-2020 or watch on You Tube.
In 2021, 64 young citizens from 40 Commonwealth jurisdictions participated in the programme joined by some of the youngest Parliamentarians in the Commonwealth, who will act as the Presiding Officers for the Parliament. virtual-commonwealth-youth-parliament-2021
The 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament was hosted by the CPA and the Delhi Legislative Assembly in Delhi, India from 24 to 28 November 2019.
Tynwald was not represented at this event.
The 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament took place in Jersey, Channel Islands.
The Youth Parliament was due to be held in the British Virgin Islands in October 2017 but was cancelled due to the hurricanes which devastated the Caribbean. The CYP was rearranged for February 2018 and held in Jersey
The 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament was co-hosted by the CPA and the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.
The 7th Commonwealth Youth Parliament was co-hosted by the CPA and the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, Australia.
The 6th Commonwealth Youth Parliament was co-hosted by the CPA and the Legislative Assembly of Mmabatho, Northwest Province, South Africa.