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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.

About us

Dudley Youth Council aims to make Dudley Borough a better place for young people to live in by:

  • Stimulating and improving joint working between young people and decision-makers
  • Developing and leading projects that benefit and improve facilities and services within the local area for young people
  • Promoting positive images of young people
  • Encouraging and supporting young people to become involved in community action
  • Acting as a voice for young people’s views
  • Developing close links with the media

Dudley Youth Council is supported with resources and staffing by the Dudley Youth Service allowing it to take an active role in the wider youth voice programme. 

Our structure

The Youth Council consists of a core committee, which includes a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Officer 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 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.

Find out more on our Dudley Youth Council website.

Dudley Youth Awards: Nominations Now Closed...

DYC organises an annual ‘Dudley Youth Award’s’ Ceremony to recognise and celebrate the positive achievements and contributions young people make to their local communities.

This is the 14th year that Dudley Youth Council, with the support of the youth service has celebrated the incredible young people aged 11-19 (and up to 25 for those with a disability) we have in the borough.

The deadline for nominations has now closed. Shortlisting will be taking place and those invited to the awards evening will be contacted at the beginning of March. 

This event was launched in 2004 in response to young people’s concerns about negative stereotyping through the media. The event was so successful that it won a national award from the National Youth Agency for ‘Best Publicity Campaign by a Youth Group,’ in their Positive Images Media Awards.  The award ceremony takes place each year in March.

Any young person who lives or is educated in the borough can be nominated in a number of categories:

CREATIVITY AWARD - this award celebrates young people’s artistic and creative talent.
SPORT AWARD - this award celebrates young people’s sporting talents and achievements.
CONTRIBUTION TO SCHOOL OR FURTHER EDUCATION AWARD – this award celebrates young people’s learning and educational achievements
ENVIRONMENTAL AND CONSERVATION AWARD - this award celebrates young people who have helped in improving their local environment and in making their community a greener place
INSPIRATION AWARD - OVERCOMING ADVERSITY - this award celebrates inspiring young people who show incredible commitment, courage and determination when facing challenges.
INSPIRATION AWARD - INSPIRING OTHERS - this award celebrates young people who are compassionate towards others and excellent role models.
COMMUNITY, CHARITY AND VOLUNTARY AWARD - GROUP - for groups of young people who have made an impact together to the lives of others in the local community.
LEADERSHIP AWARD (new for 2018/19) - this award recognises young people who have shown their leadership skills, styles and qualities in improving things for others.
FREEDOM AWARD (new for 2018/19) - this award recognises young people who have championed causes that bring about more equality and hope for all
INSPIRING FUTURES AWARD - is the only award in the ceremony which adults can be nominated for. This is to recognise adults who make an outstanding contribution to a young person/people. Only Young People can nominate in this category.