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
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.
Serving our membership
BYC is made up of more than 230 member organisations who 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 BYC and millions of individuals within the
membership of our members.
BYC runs a number of youth-led networks and programmes -
including the UK Youth
Parliament, Young Mayor Network, Local
Youth Council Network, National Scrutiny Group and Youth
Select Committee - which encourage young people to get involved
in democracy and campaign to bring about change.
Campaigning and consulting
BYC seeks 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 the rolling BYC
Manifesto which outlines our beliefs and aspirations.
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.
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.