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.

Greenwich Young People's Council 2017 video from Royal Greenwich on Vimeo.

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.

  • 1. Mental health
    GYPC want to raise awareness of mental health, reduce its stigma and improve mental health services available for young people.

    We will:

    • Be trained as Mental Health champions
    • Develop a Mental Health peer mentoring programme for schools
    • Work with current mental health services to better promote what is available across the borough, including services that work in-school
    • Support the Mental Health Young Ambassadors' #youmatter campaign.

    2. Street safety
    GYPC want to raise awareness among young people of the dangers and consequences of carry a knife and of gang involvement.

    We will:

    • Survey young people about their views on these issues and present the findings to decision-makers who can make a difference
    • Create a workshop plan for schools and youth groups about the dangers and consequences of carry a knife and of gang involvement
    • Work with the Police to raise awareness of Stop and Search, and why it is important for everybody's safety.

    3. Curriculum for life
    GYPC want to improve young people's skills for life, to increase their employability and help them get ready for the world of work.

    We will:

    • Create a Curriculum for Life workshop and charter for schools
    • Work with different organisations to put on a series of inspiration events for young people, to promote different types of careers
    • Promote work experience and extra-curricular activities for young people in school, to get more 'real-life' exposure of the world of work
    • Support and promote the annual Takeover Challenge, to get more young people involved in the day.

    4. Making #YouthVoice in Greenwich louder
    GYPC want to get more young people involved in local decision-making, and to raise awareness of local democracy and politics.

    We will:

    • Work with the other youth voice groups in Greenwich to create a short film, about how young people can get involved in local decision-making
    • Develop a GYPC100 project, where 100 young people are recruited from across the borough to be GYPC's main advisory group
    • Develop a board game (or similar resource) that teaches young people about local decision-making and politics
    • Develop a School Council of the Year Award, to recognise school councils that do excellent work in getting young people's voices heard.
  • 1. Skills for employment and preparing for adulthood
    GYPC ran a very successful Young Apprentice programme in February 2017. 32 young people participated in the programme, which included a day at NatWest's Head Office in Central London to learn more about business and enterprise.

    Young people who participated told us:

    • They had fun and enjoyed the programme (97 per cent)
    • They had better knowledge of the skills needed for the world of work (94 per cent)
    • They had developed key employability skills (87 per cent)
    • They know more about the world of business and enterprise (94 per cent).

    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 three projects are:

    • A. 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
    • B. 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
    • C. 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.

    We're also delighted that this event won a national award - the British Youth Council's Inspiring Project Youth on Board Award.

    3. Meeting decision-makers and responding to consultations
    GYPC met with lots of decision-makers and responded to a number of consultations in 20178, including:

    • Meeting RBG Cabinet Members - to share our ideas and issues with them
    • Meeting Matthew Pennycook MP - to tell him our views on local issues
    • Futureversity - to give feedback on their summer youth programme
    • Healthwatch - to give feedback on our experiences of health services
    • Good Food in Greenwich - to share our experiences of food choices in and after-school
    • NHS London - to give our views on proposals to create safe Child Houses.

    We also contributed to the Greenwich Fairness Commission, sharing our experiences of growing up in Greenwich and what we'd like the future to look like.

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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