The Turks and Caicos National Youth Parliament (TCINYP) is a non-partisan initiative aimed at providing youth from across Turks and Caicos Islands with a forum to express their views, network and debate issues of concern in the House of Assembly – Turks and Caicos.

TCINYP connects young people with local, national and international decision-making structures to allow them to influence and make the link to democracy and politics. We support leadership and active citizenship by helping young people make an impact on the issues they are passionate about the democratic activities, The TCINYP is committed to supporting young people to raise their voice, understand the democratic process and understand their rights as a young person.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To raise awareness on national issues, encourage active and motivate young people to get involved in Turks & Caicos politics.
  • To engage young people in a productive leadership journey
  • To provide a forum in which young people can express their own opinions, without reverting to role play.

14th Regional Youth Parliament

14th Regional Youth Parliamentarians Met in Grand Cayman where all 19 debaters, who are high school and college students between 15 and 25 years from nine countries, robustly tackled the moot on “BREXIT”  at the 14th Commonwealth Parliament Association Regional Youth Parliament at the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, Friday, 22 June 2018.


The debaters represented Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Jamaica, Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and our very own country Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).  Representing Turks and Caicos – Mr. Layton Lewis  who form part of the opposition team & Ms. Ryesha Higgs who represented the Government team at the debate. Both  Youth Parliamentarians are University Students in Canada ( Mr. Lewis) & the United Kingdom (Ms. Higgs).

The Youth Parliamentarians were selected after participation in the Turks and Caicos Islands National Youth Parliament “Speak-Off” Exercise on the 26th May, 2018 and were successfully selected to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands at the 14th Regional Caribbean Youth Parliament.

Accompanying the Youth Representatives were Hon. Temard Butterfield ( Mentor), Hon. Dwayne Taylor and Hon. Maxavano Thomas.

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