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.

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When I think of the word politics, several potent images of sceptical public politicians and highly emotive scandalous campaigns come to my mind. These days, my Facebook feed is flooded with news articles that appear to be published to rile the public into believing that all politicians are the same and that there is no

I hear this so often from people, in regards to what many view as young people’s political disengagement. Not only is this stance is overly-simplistic and lacking in nuance, it’s fatalistic. It takes no accountability for encouraging further political engagement via traditional, more visible and measurable channels. If this argument were the case one would

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.