Maya McCrae MSYP

Maya is a member of the Inverclyde Youth Council and one of our two Local Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
Maya is passionate about seeing new opportunities for young people to work and study in Inverclyde.

Get to know Maya a bit better

What is your favourite thing about being an MSYP and Youth Council Member?
“So far, my favourite part of being an MSYP has been having the opportunity to travel around Scotland and meet other MSYPs. It’s been really interesting learning about the priorities of other constituencies’ young people.”

What has being an MSYP taught you?
It’s taught me to be resilient and patient. These skills are key for communicating with young people, as well as feeding back any information to those older.

What’s the most fun you have had in your role as an MSYP?

“That’s a tricky one! The most fun I’ve had was probably in February when I was given the opportunity to present the ‘Year of the Young People’ awards ceremony.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who was thinking of running in the next election?
“My advice to anyone is to do your research and make sure you’ve got the time and willingness to be a part of the Scottish Youth Parliament. The more time and effort you put into your term, the more you’ll get out of it.”

Why did you join the Inverclyde Youth Council?
“I joined the Youth Council as an MSYP so that I could gain a real grasp of what Inverclyde’s young people think about the area. Inverclyde’s Youth Councillors were able to tell me what they’d spoken to fellow young people about which was very helpful in voting within the parliament.”

What is your favourite thing about being a part of the group?
It’s a lovely opportunity to catch up with people and have meaningful conversations.

What issues are most important to you, and why?
For me, I think that Inverclyde’s young people are sometimes underrepresented in big decisions within the council. As well as that, I feel that certain areas of the education curriculum could be improved in areas such as sexual health and basic life skills.

What three things would you take with you to a desert island, and why?
“A good book, my guitar and really good snacks.”

If you would like to get in touch with Maya about anything to do with her work with the Scottish Youth Parliament or the Inverclyde Youth Council you can contact by email her on

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