Greenwich

Greenwich Young People's Council

Represent young people's views to shape Council decisions

Greenwich Young People's Council (GYPC) is a group of elected young people which exists to represent the views of children and young people from across the borough and to influence decision-making within the council.

You can run for election to be a youth councillor for your school or youth hub. As a youth councillor, you’ll help to:

  • raise awareness of how young people can get involved in politics, democracy and citizenship
  • help other young people understand how policies can affect them, and how they can shape these policies.

You’ll also meet new people, learn new skills and take part in regional and national activities.

Speak with your school or youth hub to find out who your youth councillors are. Or email greenwich@participationpeople.com

Manifesto

Every two years, GYPC produces a manifesto, outlining its priorities for the council's two-year term in office.

Read the GYPC Manifesto

Every two years, Greenwich Young People’s Council’s (GYPC) produces a manifesto, outlining its priorities for their two-year term in office.

GYPC’s priorities for 2015-2017 are:

  1. Skills for employment and preparing for adulthood.

    GYPC runs its very own Young Apprentice programme, to support young people to develop key enterprise, employability and life skills.

    More information about this will be released through GYPC’s social media channels – so be sure to follow us (see below).

  2. Tackling discrimination

    GYPC held a borough-wide youth conference in June 2015 to bring together young people from across the borough’s schools and colleges to discuss and challenge the issue of discrimination.

    GYPC are calling for schools to work with its students to deliver one of 10 projects suggested by young people. The top 3 projects are:

    1. Setting up an “anti-discrimination” committee in every school, made up of students from every year group, who would arrange activities and events to engage their peers in tackling discrimination.
    2. Setting up a peer education project in every school, to train a group of students up as peer educators who become student leaders and deliver anti-discrimination workshops and assemblies to their peers.
    3. Work as a school to raise money for anti-discrimination charities who will be able to make a change on a national scale and who can influence local change.

    Read the full event report, including all ten project ideas (Google Drive)

    View photographs from the day (GYPC Facebook page)

    We are also delighted to announce that this conference won a national award - the British Youth Council's Inspiring Project Youth on Board Award.

  3. Community spaces for young people in Greenwich

    GYPC will be visiting and inspecting community venues throughout the year to pull together a guide to Greenwich for young people.

    This guide will give spaces across the borough a 'score on the door' for their accessibility to young people, as well as offer some suggestions about how young people may use the space.

    More information will be shared through GYPC's social media channels.

UK Parliament representative

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) is a programme run by the British Youth Council, which provides opportunities for 11-to-18-year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.

Every year, GYPC elects a Member of UK Youth Parliament (MYP) to represent Royal Greenwich nationally. The MYP attends national events throughout the year, including the UK Youth Parliament's annual sitting and the annual House of Commons debate.

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