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 4 hours per week. A Youth Councillor term of office is for two years.
We're very excited to announce the 2015 Greenwich Young People's Council election.
Want to get involved? Here's what you need to do:
- Speak to teacher or staff member in your school/college/provision in charge of the election coordination - tell them you're interested in standing for election!
- Read the new GYPC Constitution and Code of Conduct
- Download, read and complete a Candidate Nomination Pack.
- Collect 25 signatures of support from other young people who back your application, a teacher or youth workers endorsement, and your parent or guardian's consent.
- Then send the application back to us by either handing it to your lead teacher or staff member and ask them to post it to us, or post it directly back to us (or drop it off) to: Greenwich Youth Voice, C/o The Participation People, The Point, 47 Woolwich New Road, London SE18 6EW.
The election will take place over October and November. The new GYPC will be announced on 24 November 2015.
If you are not successfully elected there will be many other opportunities across the year to be involved - including the GYPC Manifesto Forums, which will take place 3 times a year, and the annual GYPC youth conference.
For more information about the commitment or the election process give Josh a call on 07522 364 314, or email him on email@example.com