how to apply:
1.Download the application.
2.Have an organization/school/group sponsor you - five nominators needed.
3.Write a personal statement outlining: why you would like to be a member of BCYP; what type of activities you are involved with in your community and/or relating to debate and public speaking; how you believe you can personally contribute to BCYP.
4.Mail it to the Registrar by the deadline.
This year's deadline has now passed, we hope you will apply next year. Look for the application form in September 2013.
Every year, between December 27th and 31st, 95 representatives of youth organizations from across British Columbia gather at the Provincial Legislature in Victoria for the annual session of British Columbia Youth Parliament.
Members sit as independents — not representing any political party and voting with their individual consciences on all issues. Members learn about, and experience firsthand the parliamentary process, debate topics of interest, and plan numerous activities for the upcoming year. After Session, members put these activities and projects into action. Proposed activities are presented in the form of government bills; once passed they're actually put into effect! This is where BC Youth Parliament differs from its counterparts — BCYP is in no way a "model" or "mock" parliament; our legislation actually translates into real action in the community.
Application Information: The application deadline for the 84th British Columbia Youth Parliament has now passed. If you are aged 14 to 18, you may be able to get involved with youth parliament by joining a Regional Youth Parliament. Applications for the 85th BCYP will be online here in late summer 2013. If you would like to request that a copy of the application form (or a full teacher/coordinator information package) be sent to you in September, please contact Dora Turje, BCYP Registrar.
Community Financial Assistance:
If you are interested in applying as a member of BCYP this fall, and are hoping to request financial assistance from community sources (such as a school, service club, business, community foundation, or municipal government) to help cover your registration fee, the letters below may be of use. The letter of support should be used if you are making a separate request for financial assistance (in your own letter or email, or in person). The first template letter would be appropriate if you are requesting assistance from a group you are a part of — such as your school, a club you are a member of, or your municipal government. The second template would be better to use if you are applying for financial assistance from an organization or business that you have no direct ties to — such as a service club or local business.
Letter of Support
Template Letter 1
Template Letter 2