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York Youth Council needs you

Published Friday, 17 September 2021

York Youth Council is appealing for new members aged between 11 and 18 years of age to represent the city.

The youth-led organisation meets fortnightly on a Wednesday evening to discuss a wide range of issues for young people locally, regionally and nationally, working on campaigns that improve the lives and experiences of young people, and making sure that the voice of young people is heard.

Being a member of the council gives young people the opportunity to chat and discuss issues with local elected councillors, leaders in the Children’s and Mental Health teams, the NHS and more.

York Youth Council is also affiliated with British Youth Council and the UK Youth Parliament, which provides regional and national opportunities to get involved with youth politics and even to sit on the green benches of the House of Commons once a year at a special session of Youth Parliament.

The York Youth Council focuses on 3 main areas:

  • campaigns
  • consultations
  • outreach and engagement

If you have a passion for representing youth voice and young people’s views, have an interest in issues such as the environment, mental health and transforming education, to name a few of the current focus areas, then get in touch to get involved. We are a fun group where you get to meet others your age from all across the city from different backgrounds. Why not give it a go and join us.

Cllr Ian Cuthbertson, the council’s Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education, said:

York’s Youth Council is a fantastic way through which young people in our city can make sure that their views are heard and acted on.

"I’d encourage anyone aged 11 to 18 years of age with an interest in our local area to find out more about how they can get involved.”

A Youth Council member, said:

York Youth Council is a welcoming and friendly group of young people that support each other while giving back to our community.

"It is a great chance to meet new people, engage in discussions and get involved in group projects. I joined a few months ago and everyone is so lovely, it’s such a wonderful group to be part of.”

York Youth Council is a non-political organisation. The group is facilitated by staff members from the Communities team. Visit the York Youth Council website for more information or email: yorkyouthcouncil@york.gov.uk to find out more about how you can get involved.