The International Team run training and consultancy in the UK
with our members and young people and with partners around the
The British Youth Council has been involved in
international work since 1948 and is focused on:
- Global Voice: supporting young people's
meaningful participation in international decision-making
- Global Action: supporting youth action in the
UK and overseas, particularly through collaborative action and
campaigns and intercultural dialogue
- Global Learning: supporting young people to
learn more about global issues and connections, particularly
through interaction with their peers
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Below is the range of training, workshops, facilitation and
research that we have provide based on our experience and
National Youth Participation
- National youth participation structures research -Primary
research into national youth participation structures around the
world, with detailed case studies of Pakistan, Rwanda and the UK.
The first study its kind, this research was developed in
partnership with Plan UK and carried out with a group of young
- Bangladesh Youth Parliament -We are currently supporting the
development of the first national youth parliament in Bangladesh,
advising on potential structures and processes, and delivering
training for the first cohort of young parliamentarians.
- South Africa Youth Council -We have written a comprehensive
manual and training materials for developing local youth councils
in South Africa.
International youth participation and global
- UK Young Ambassadors - The UK Young Ambassadors project gives
young people in the UK a voice at international meetings and
events, on decisions that affect them and on issues they care
about. The long term aim is to make international representation
from the UK more inclusive and effective. www.ukya.org.uk
- Meaningful Participation in International Decision-making
Symposium - On behalf of the British Council and the Open Society
Foundation we co-organised with Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council
a global symposium bringing together over 85 young people,
policy-makers, conveners, NGOs and researchers from 45 countries to
discuss and make recommendations for more meaningful international
youth participation. See www.youthpolicy.org/particpation
for details and the Symposium report.
- Global Changemakers Middle East & North Africa / UK
- We managed this project, together with a youth steering
group, to develop greater understanding between young people in the
UK and ten countries in the Arab region through intercultural
dialogue and shared action. Through this project we developed new
and innovative approaches to online intercultural dialogue.
- Two Kingdoms - The Two Kingdoms project aimed
to stimulate and support intercultural dialogue and community
participation between young people in the United Kingdom and the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In partnership with Minorities of Europe
we facilitated dialogue forums in Saudi Arabia and supported five
collaborative youth-led projects.
International projects and campaigns
- Active Citizens - BYC supports the development
and delivery of this project which aims to build trust and
understanding and support social action locally and globally.We
also lead on delivery of the Training of Trainers programme and
have delivered this to 150 trainers from Africa, South Asia and
Europe. The project has so far engaged over 5,000 young people in
dialogue and social action in 25 countries.
- Millennium Development Goals - BYC is working
with partners from the DFID/CSO Youth Working Group to advocate for
young people's participation in work to combat poverty and
inequality and accelerate progress towards the Millennium
- Votes at 16 - We are member of the expert
group of the votes at 16 coalition in the UK and we have taken this
campaign to Europe. We work with European partners to share
practice and activities and build political support for extending
franchise to 16 and 17 year olds.
- Love Europe Right - In a response to demands
from members BYC developed a campaign to raise awareness of and
challenge homophobia in Poland.
Our international training programmes:
BYC offers training and facilitation on the following areas.
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We also develop bespoke training on demand and drawing from our
pool of specialists.
- Community mobilization
- Campaigning and advocacy
- Power and participation
- Ethical leadership
- Global connections and global issues
- Policy analysis and policy dialogue
- Skills for social change
Policy and practice forums
BYC regularly convenes multi-stakeholder groups to bring young
people together with organisations and decision-makers and to share
and develop good practice. Forums and events include:
- South Asia: The Next Generation - Regional
Symposium Celebrating Diversity, Youth Participation and
Intercultural Dialogue in South Asia -The event aimed to create a
platform for showcasing and promoting youth-led social action in
the region by bringing together diverse groups of young people and
supporting their engagement with key decision makers, government
representatives and sector specialists.
- 'Youth Voice' - We brought together 30 young
people from the UK with experience as representatives to various
international forums to formulate good practice and
- Meaningful Participation in International Decision-making
Symposium -See above
- 'This Generation' - BYC managed this British
Council event that brought together 30 young people who had been
involved in one of their international projects
- Intercultural Dialogue with Young People in the UK and
the Middle East - BYC convened young people,
organizations, researchers and funders to map and explore existing
work on intercultural youth work between the Middle East and the
Study visits and learning exchanges
We organise regular study visits in the UK for youth councils,
youth organizations and youth ministries to explore issues of youth
participation, representation and action in the UK. In the last
year we have hosted delegations from countries including China,
Pakistan, Ghana, Egypt and Nigeria.
Consultation and research
Through our membership and networks we have extensive reach with
a diversity of young people across the UK. Working with trained
young researchers we have carried out consultation and research for
organiastions including the Department for Health, Commonwealth
Secretariat and the European Commission.