The BYC Manifesto
BYC empowers young people by giving a platform for their
collective and individual views which are sought through
consultation, surveys, views of elected representatives, members
and their votes. The results are recorded in our Youth
At our September 2011 Annual Council Meeting members updated the
Youth Manifesto and set four new priority campaigns.
Our priority campaigns
We believe that 16 and 17 year olds should be given the vote in
all public elections in the UK, because at 16 we are mature enough
to engage in and contribute to democracy. BYC is a proud supporter
of the Votes at
We believe that all young people across the UK should be able to
access safe and affordable public transport. We believe that young
people who can't access the public transport they need are being
We believe that children and young people should not have to
live in poverty in the UK; it is appalling and needs to be stopped
as soon as possible. Every young person should have a decent
standard of living, independent of their economic status.
Youth services and agencies support young people's personal
development, give them a meaningful role in society and provide
positive ways for young people to spend their time. We campaign for
all young people's services to be well funded and for existing
youth services to have funding priority over new initiatives. We
believe young people need youth services now more than ever.
Join us to campaign on the issues that matter most to thousands
of young people across the country. Together we will lobby the UK
Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the
Northern Ireland Assembly to take action, and continue to press
those whose decisions affect young people to listen to our
As someone who campaigns with BYC, you can talk to other young
people and your local press, and get them to see how their support
for young people on these issues can make a difference.
BYC Campaign Packsheet October2012
We hear a lot of talk about poverty, but what can we do about
it? The International Day for the Eradication of
Poverty (17th October) is a day to promote concrete
activities focused on the eradication of poverty and renew your
commitment to this cause. This
document shows you how you can help.
BYC Campaigns Toolkit
If you want to get involved in campaigning with the BYC, be sure
check out our campaigns toolkit.