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: Applications for membership in the 84th British Columbia Youth Parliament are now being accepted. Application forms must be received by October 23rd. More information is included on the form. For further information about the application process or to make a request to receive a hard copy application form or teacher/coordinator information package, please contact Dora Turje, BCYP Registrar.
Community Financial Assistance: If you are considering applying to join 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.