Greenwich Young People's Council

Get involved with the Young People's Council

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.

The group exists to raise awareness of and promote the active and meaningful engagement of young people in politics, democracy and citizenship. They do this by:

  • running campaigns on key issues that affect the lives of young people in Greenwich
  • holding events throughout the year for young people across the borough
  • advising on and, where appropriate, taking action on policies, activities and services that affect young people in Greenwich
  • identifying and delivering change, where GYPC can themselves make change.

Being a youth councillor

Youth councillors are elected from any school and college in Greenwich, and include representatives from the Children in Care Council, Greenwich's youth service and representatives of young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

GYPC representatives are ages 11 to 18 and up to age 25 for disabled young people.

There are loads of benefits to being a youth councillor:

  • lots of fun
  • the opportunity to have your voice heard AND have a positive impact
  • the chance to represent other young people in your community
  • meet new people across Greenwich, London and the UK
  • free training and skills coaching and national accreditation
  • trips and residential opportunities in and out of the borough.

Successfully elected youth councillors are expected to commit around four hours per week. A youth councillor term of office is for two years.

2015-17 Young People's Council

After a very successful election in November 2015, achieving a fantastic 49.9 per cent turnout, we are pleased to announce the following schools and youth hubs have representation on the 2015-17 Young People's Council:

  • Corelli College
  • Eltham Hill
  • Greenwich Free School
  • Newhaven School
  • Plumstead Manor
  • Royal Greenwich UTC
  • St Paul's Academy
  • St Thomas More Catholic School
  • St Ursula's Convent School
  • Stationers' Crown Woods Academy
  • The John Roan School
  • Thomas Tallis School
  • Woolwich Polytechnic
  • Youth Service - Hawksmoor
  • Youth Service - Valley Central
  • Youth Service - Woolwich Common

To find out who your youth councillors are, please speak directly with your school or youth hub.

Alternatively, email the Youth Voice Team on who will be able to put you in touch with the right person at your school or youth hub.

GYPC Manifesto 2015

The 2015-17 GYPC manifesto priority areas for 2016 are:

  1. Skills for employment and preparing for adulthood
  2. Education against discrimination
  3. Community spaces for young people's learning and achievement.

More information about these manifesto priorities will be published very soon!

Please get in touch if you have any questions or feel you may be able to help, advise or contribute to the delivery of these priorities.

Keep updated

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