Brighton and Hove City Council encourages new members to join Youth Council

A YOUTH Council is looking for new members.

The Brighton and Hove City Council Youth Council will be organizing an introductory day to find people aged 13-19.

The event will take place at Brighton Town Hall from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday 16 October.

From climate change to mental health, the event organizers said the Youth Council is helping to ensure that the issues that matter most to young people are on the agenda.

Youth council members participate in debates and meetings with advisers, politicians and other local decision-makers to represent young people and influence policies and decisions that affect their future.

Over the past year, the Youth Council has campaigned against plastic waste, co-hosted a climate change question-and-answer session with local MPs, and participated in a beach clean-up event.

Brighton and Hove City Council

Deputy Head Council Advisor Hannah Clare, who will be attending the event, is a former member of the Essex Youth Council.

Cllr Clare said this will be the first time the Youth Council meets since the start of the pandemic.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to get involved in improving the lives of the young people of the city to come and meet us,” she said.

“As a teenager my four years at Young Essex Assembly have been an incredible experience. I learned new skills like debate, teamwork and leadership. I have met so many people my age, as well as politicians and city officials – and have had the chance to make a real difference in lives.

“You will have the opportunity to participate in the city-wide youth council conference we are planning for 2022 as part of the National Youth Council’s Make your Make campaign. This will decide the top ten youth issues to set the national government agenda. ”

Youth Council member Louise Brown, 17, said if you’re interested in making a change in your area, this is a great place to start.

“It helped me build my confidence to speak in public and interact with board members,” she said.

“I have had the opportunity to make presentations to the board and help ensure that youth projects get the funding they deserve. ”

Other opportunities open to Youth Council members include participation in the Youth Climate Assembly, sports, transport, LGBTQ + issues and access to the British Youth Council.

Members typically devote between two and four hours of their time per month.

To register for the event or to find out more, contact the council’s youth engagement manager, Tracie James – [email protected]