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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The British Youth Council is seeking out the next leaders of social and political change in the UK. The youth-led charity is looking for people aged 16-25 who are motivated by a belief in the work of the British Youth Council to achieve our vision of a world where all young people are respected and

The British Youth Council is renewing its efforts to lobby politicians for a lower voting age of 16 as part of a 3-year partnership with The Body Shop. Together, they will develop a Votes at 16 manifesto, calling for all political parties to incorporate full voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds in all national elections

On 15th March 2022, it was reported that a 15 year-old black schoolgirl (Child Q) was subjected to an invasive strip search at school by two police officers. The British Youth Council are appalled to learn of the young black girl’s experience, and reiterate previous calls to end anti-Black police brutality. Osaro Otobo, Deputy Chair

Young people and projects from across the country have been recognised at the British Youth Council’s Youth Voice Star Awards. The awards celebrate the breadth and diversity of youth voice happening across the UK to promote young people’s voices. The celebratory ceremony, which took place in online, was a chance to recognise the change makers