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Belfast City Youth Council

  • Calling our next Belfast City Youth Council

    We are looking to recruit 40 new young people aged 13-18 to be part of the Belfast City Youth Council from November 2021 - June 2023. 

    What is the opportunity?

    Are you 13-18 years old and live in Belfast?

    Do you want to work with politicians and speak up for young people in Belfast?

    Do you want to meet new people, get free training and have fun all at the same time?

    Help make a difference by joining Belfast City Youth Council.

    By applying to become a member of the Youth Council, you will get to: 

    • represent young people in Belfast City Council
    • organise and run projects on young people’s issues
    • help make a difference
    • work with politicians to tell them what young people in Belfast need and to make sure young people are listened to
    • experience new things, make new friends and have fun, and 
    • get free training and go on trips. 

    Apply to become a Youth Council member

    You can apply until 12 noon on Friday 15 October.

    Youth Council recruitment session

    If you apply to become a member of Belfast City Council’s Youth Council, you must be free to attend a recruitment session over Microsoft Teams on Saturday 23 October 2021. 

    The recruitment session will give you the chance to see the types of work the Youth Council is involved in, speak to past Youth Council members and Council staff, and meet other young people who have applied to join.

    You will then be asked to attend a short Belfast City Youth Council interview in the week beginning Monday 1 November 2021 on Microsoft Teams.

    Terms and conditions

    For you to apply to become a member of the Belfast City Youth Council, these are the terms and conditions that you have to meet first.

    You:

    • must be between the ages of 13-18 
    • must live in the Belfast electoral boundary area  
    • must attend our recruitment session over Microsoft Teams on 23 October 
    • must attend an interview during the week beginning 1 November
    • must be available to serve on the Youth Council for the full two-year term (November 2021-June 2023) 
    • must be able to attend two meetings a month to carry out Youth Council work 
    • must follow our Belfast City Youth Council Code of Behaviour.  
  • Who’s in the Belfast City Youth Council?

    Young people make up a third of the population of Belfast, making our city one of the youngest in Europe. 

    As Belfast is home to so many young people, we thought it was time they had a say in how our city is run and show that they’re listened to by adults.

    If you’re a young person, we’ve set up the Belfast City Youth Council to help make this happen.

    The Youth Council is made up of 40 young people from communities across Belfast.

    All of our members are aged between 13-18 (21 if you are disabled or have just left care) and are a Youth Council member for two years.

    You can follow us on social media:

    Twitter - twitter.com/belfastcity_yc (link opens in new window)
    Facebook - www.facebook.com/BelfastCityYC (link opens in new window)
    Instagram - www.instagram.com/belfastcity_yc/ (link opens in new window)

  • What was the Belfast Youth Forum working on

    Belfast City Youth Council was formerly known as Belfast Youth Forum. They worked on a number of campaigns and projects including:

    • ‘Any Use?’ research report focusing on young people’s opinions on Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) in Belfast. Our Belfast Youth Forum created the report in partnership with Common Youth and Centre for Children’s Rights QUB.
    • 'Elephant in the Room' research report on children and young people and mental health. This is part of a regional youth-led mental health campaign, organised by young people from Belfast Youth Forum and NI Youth Forum.
    • Poverty: It’s not a choice research report on raising awareness about Poverty in Belfast.
    • a research project which will look at Black and Minority Ethnic young people’s experiences of living in Belfast. The Youth Forum are working with youth worker Neil Symington and Dr Byrne from Ulster University.
    • Heads Up! toolkit to help young people organise a mental health campaign project in their community and support them to campaign on local mental health issues. 

    The Youth Forum have also completed projects including:

    • a podcast with young people from Overton High School in Nashville. Belfast is a Sister City of Nashville (USA).
    • the ‘Push it Home’ campaign to raise awareness of the levels of ‘hidden homelessness’ in Belfast
    • The Youth hub - a pilot project to test shared youth spaces across the city centre.
    • an intergenerational project with the Seniors Forum to raise awareness of poverty in Belfast.
    • the #LiveLouder battle of the bands competition and concert in partnership with the Oh Yeah Music centre.  We gave the winners of this competition a £1000 bursary.
    • the Digi Dragons Den app competition to help young people look after their mental health, and the environment. We gave the two winners of this competition a £1000 bursary each.

    Members of the Belfast Youth Forum (BYF) met with Elected Members from the People and Communities Committee (link opens in new window) three times a year.  These meeting gave BYF members an opportunity to update Elected Members on their current pieces of work and the progress of their current campaign areas. 

    If you would like more information on the youth forum campaigns and projects, email us or call 028 9032 0202.

     

  • The UNCRC

    The United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a list of rights created to protect all children and young people and make sure they have everything they need to live a happy and healthy life. 

    The work of the Belfast City Youth Council is guided by the UNCRC, in particular:

    • Article 2 - Children and young people should not be discriminated against
    • Article 3 - The best interests of children and young people should be a top priority in all decisions concerning them
    • Article 12 - Every child and young person has the right to say what they think in matters affecting them and to have their views listened to and taken seriously.
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