Kirklees Youth Council (KYC) is one way for young people to get their views heard in Kirklees.
KYC is made up of 32 young people aged 13-19. Each young person puts themselves forward and is elected by other young people in their area to represent them.
Unlike a school council, KYC aims to find out what issues young people have outside of school and helps to come up with solutions to those issues. This might include issues around health and well-being, community, money, jobs and opportunities, public transport and things to do. The overall aim is to give young people across Kirklees a way to have their voice heard about issues that are important to them.
The role of KYC is to:
- Represent the views of young people in Kirklees
- Help make Kirklees a better place for young people
- Listen to the views of young people about issues that are important to them and work together to come up with realistic solutions
- Promote activities and events for young people in our area
The role of the youth councillor elected to represent young people is to:
- Talk to young people in schools, colleges, youth groups and other youth settings
- Get involved in campaigns or projects on behalf of young people
- Take part in regular meetings
- Meet with important adults about issues that affect the lives of young people