Commonwealth Youth Parliament
The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is a biennial 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.
In 2020 the first virtual Commonwealth Youth Parliament was held online.
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.