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British Youth Council

The British Youth Council is the National Youth Council of the UK. A youth-led charity, we empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.


We are young people - and our charity aims to help other young people, whatever their background or barriers they face, to make the world a better place for us all.


Our Vision

A world in which every young person is empowered to create social and political change.


Our Mission

As the national youth council of the UK, the British Youth Council brings young people together to find their voice and use it to improve the lives of young people. We work with others to amplify young people’s voices to create an environment in which young people's views are valued, sought and acted upon.


Our Values

Youth led – young people are active citizens and are always at the forefront of our work. As a youth-led charity, young people lead and shape our work through our governance structures. We support them to define their own action for change. We champion youth leadership across all sections of society, evidencing the benefits of engaging young people in decision making and delivery and supporting that to happen.


  • Serving our membership - The British Youth Council is made up of more than 200 member organisations that support our common vision for young people. Members elect our board, determine our policies and prioritise our campaigns. They also act as the link between the British Youth Council and millions of individuals within the membership of our members. Visit the Membership page on the British Youth Council website


  • Youth-led networks - The British Youth Council runs a number of youth-led networks and programmes - including the UK Youth Parliament, Young Mayor Network, Local Youth Council Network, League of Young Voters, NHS Youth Forum, National Scrutiny Group and Youth Select Committee - which encourage young people to get involved in democracy and campaign to bring about change. Visit the Programmes & Services page on the British Youth Council website


  • Campaigning and consulting - The British Youth Council seek to represent the views of young people and our members to stakeholders and decision makers at a local, national and international level. This work is based on rolling our manifesto, which outlines our beliefs and aspirations. Visit the Campaigns page on the British Youth Council website


  • Training and recognition - Our training programmes empower young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to bring about change. We also recognise young people who have made a significant contribution to their community through our high-profile award schemes. Visit the Training page on the British Youth Council website


  • International - Through our international youth participation young people learn about global issues and connect and share with other young people around the world. They are able to take part in discussions and influence decisions made at an international level. Visit the International page on the British Youth Council website


Programmes and Services

The British Youth Council work across the UK and the world to empower young people through our programmes, training and awards. This includes our flagship programmes like the UK Youth Parliament, Youth Select Committee, NHS England Youth Forum, Bank of England Youth Forum and UK Young Ambassadors; and recognising the work of young people through the Youth on Board Awards. 


Who is this aimed at?

This service is aimed at young people aged 25 and under


How to get involved

If you have any queries, please phone 020 4529 5927 or email


Contact details

Phone: 020 4529 5927



For further information

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