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.

Read our latest blogs from the British Youth Council trustees, volunteers and staff.


Internships are often invaluable opportunities for young people to gain knowledge, skills and experience that enable them to further their careers and develop as individuals. Entering the world of work is hard. You might just be grateful for a position and dismiss the way you are treated in order to gain that golden ticket of

As a fifteen-year-old, I campaigned in the Scottish Independence referendum but I could not vote.  When I turned sixteen, I was trusted as a door-to-door canvasser for general election but was not seen mature enough to vote.  At seventeen, the government successfully denied the voice of over 1.5 million 16 and 17-year-olds in the UK. 

Young people live and breathe social media, from snapchatting their friends to updating their status on Facebook. Most of the interactions are harmless, friends sharing good times, but knowing what hides behind the scenes of social media interactions is essential.   In this ever evolving technological world we need to understand exactly what young people are

Democracy is one of the most wonderful things in this world as it allows people to have a voice in choosing who should govern their country. Many people around the world still don’t have this privilege and I am thankful that I do. As I am able to vote and so are thousands of young