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Derbyshire Youth Council

We have valued the voice and involvement of young people aged 11 to 19 years old in shaping  services since 2002 through the establishment of the Derbyshire Youth Council.

The youth council is made up of elected members aged from 11 to 19 who are elected through their school, academy or special school in Big Vote. The full council meets for a full day conference every two months to work on projects and issues important to young people.

Every two years there's an election, so new members can join the youth council and get involved in making decisions about things that are going on.

Members

The youth council serves a two year term of office. The current council were elected from over 170 candidates in April 2016 until March 2018.

The youth council is made up of elected members aged from 11 to 19 who are elected through their school, academy or special school in Big Vote. The full council meets for a full day conference every two months to work on projects and issues important to young people.

The Big Vote for 2018- 2020 for young people in Derbyshire is beginning to get underway. Nominations opened on 11 September 2017 and close on 20 November 2017 at 5pm. Nomination booklets are available to download and were delivered to schools in June 2017.

To get in touch with the youth council email: youth.council@derbyshire.gov.uk

What youth councillors get up to

Youth councillors represent young people from their own schools and communities - you can chat to them about any issues you feel strongly about and want to change.

Local councillors and MPs listen to the youth council's views and take them into account when they're creating new policies and plans for young people's services.

In the past, youth councillors have:

  • worked closely with our elected members and officers
  • discussed young people's issues with Government ministers
  • spoken in the House of Commons
  • played a key role in promoting young people's issues across the East Midlands
  • served on the Derbyshire Children's Trust Board
  • taken part in meetings, conferences, events, roadshows, consultations and visits
  • helped allocate YOUTHINC with grant funding to youth projects across Derbyshire.

During their conference in March 2016 youth council members worked on their priorities and actions for the coming year. The four campaign themes which will be priority for the next 12 months are:

  • young people's mental health (DCC)
  • tackling racism and religious discrimination (BYC)
  • tackling stereotypes of teenagers (DYC).

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to know how your local youth councillors are supporting these campaigns email: youth.council@derbyshire.gov.uk