Dudley Youth Council (DYC) is a group of local young people aged between 11 and 19 (and up to 25 for those with a disability) who represent young people’s views and work towards improving things for young people in the borough.
The Youth Council is made up of area representatives, who represent young people from where they live or go to school/college, and special interest representatives, who represent young people with a specific experience e.g. young people with disabilities, young carers, LGBTQ+, or young people in care.
Members of the group work with the Members of Youth Parliament and Youth Commissioners to run the Youth Council.
Frequently asked questions
What does the Youth Council do?
DYC meets once a month on Wednesday evenings.
All members get involved in:
- Finding out and representing the views of young people.
- Working with and influencing decision makers.
- Running youth lead projects and campaigns. For example, this year’s campaigns are reducing knife crime and protecting the environment.
- Attending regional and/or national meetings of the British Youth Council.
How is the Youth Council structured?
The Youth Council consists of a core committee, which includes a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Officers for Marketing, Communications and Media.
Elections to these positions are held annually from within the youth council membership.
Young people who are members of the youth council have been elected by other young people as School Community Representatives, as Special Interest representatives, as Youth Police and Crime Commissioners, or as UK Youth Parliament representatives to represent appropriate groups who have an interest in furthering the aims and objectives of the Dudley Youth Council.
What will I get out of being a Youth Councillor?
Being a Dudley Youth Councillor is an important role.
It requires commitment and dedication but along the way you will:
- Have the opportunity to have your voice heard and help make a positive change.
- Acquire new skills through experiences and training.
- Meet lots of different people and make new friends.
- Receive a reference for school/college/university/employment.
If you're interested in becoming a member of Dudley Youth Council, we need your completed application form returned to us by Sunday 2 July.
We will then contact you with details of the Youth Council Induction Day and send you consent forms to be completed by your parent or carer.
For more information, contact the Youth Council.