Youth councils in Herts

A youth council is a group of young people keen to make a difference in their local area.

Whether it is looking for somewhere for young people to hang out, looking for things to do, such as music/dance events, promoting the need for larger skate parks, park equipment such as basketball hoops or football nets or raising awareness of wider issues such as transport, sexual health and personal safety, youth councils aim to improve the lives of young people in their local area..

YC Hertfordshire youth councils are for young people aged 11-17.

How does it work?

The group of youth councillors gets together on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, dependent on their needs. They discuss the problems young people face and how situations can be improved. They come up with ideas on how to talk to other young people, listen to what they have to say and put together a plan of action which could include completing applications for funding.

This plan is then taken forward either by youth councillors themselves or taken to the people who make the decisions on what happens in their area -  this could be local councillors, district councillors or sometimes county councillors. Others such as the police, the PCT (NHS) and leisure services can also be involved, depending on the issue or event.

All groups are supported by a YC Hertfordshire youth worker and/or a representative from the local council. Both of those supporters have contacts in other agencies to help the group in its work.

How to get involved

Any young person is welcome to visit their local youth council to see what it is all about.

Follow the links below to see full details of the youth councils and youth forums across Hertfordshire.

Watch this great video about Stevenage Youth Council, performed by one of its members Yvan: