Youth Cabinet about us
Who we are and how we work?
MK YCAB (YCAB) stands for the Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet. YCAB enables young people to use their energy and passion to change Milton Keynes for the better. It provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
YCAB has 36 elected members, who are voted in by young people for a two-year term of office. Elections are held every two years in schools and colleges across Milton Keynes and anyone aged 11-18 can get involved. In 2019, over 14,000 local young people voted in the elections to choose the issue they wanted to see changed in MK.
MK YCAB members organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision-makers on the issues which matter most to young people. Members meet monthly in the Chambers in Milton Keynes Council’s Civic Offices to discuss plans together with Councillors and during the weekday evenings to work on the campaigns and projects.
Young people also voted on the youth issues that they would like YCAB and UK Youth Parliament members to address locally. The top three youth issues for this year are:
- Feeling safe in MK
- Affordable things to do
- Votes at 16
Regular meetings attended by YCAB
Members of YCAB attend meetings to represent views of young people directly to adult decision makers. These are at:
- MK Council, Children and Young People’s Committee – 3 YCAB members attend regularly
- Transport – quality bus strategy
- Planning CAG - attended by 2 YCAB members
MK has 2 representatives that sit on the UK Youth Parliament. They are elected by the members of YCAB and are members too. They are expected to take part in all YCAB activities as well as getting involved in UK wide representation. This includes regional meetings, the 3 day Annual Sitting and the House of Commons Sitting. You can find out more on the UKYP website.
Last Updated: 21 September 2021