Brighton & Hove Youth Council represents the views and listens to the voices of young people in the city. The Youth Council aims to represent all young people’s views and opinions and influence decisions made by politicians, councillors and other local and national decision makers. They run campaigns about important issues, and hold regular events and conferences.

The Youth Council exists to actively promote article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which says:

“Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account”.

“I joined the youth council at the start of my second year of secondary school as someone who wasn't very confident, but wanted to put themselves forward for things. I knew I could do it, I just hadn’t yet. My confidence has been boosted significantly and I have felt a sense of purpose and responsibility in representing the views of the local youth.

“I have helped run and gather votes for the Make Your Mark Ballot Paper and I am proud to have received both the bronze and silver certificates for my hours, which kick started my CV. The entire experience has been great. I hope it's able to carry on and prosper in future years.”
Alfie Wingfield, Brighton & Hove Youth Council member, 2016 to 2019

Develop your skills

Being a member of the youth council, you will be able to develop your skills in:

  • public speaking
  • knowledge of politics and current affairs
  • debating
  • teamwork and leadership
  • negotiation

“For me, youth council has been a real game changer for me in many different ways. For example, understanding the aspects of the council in more depth compared to not being in the BYHC, more social skills and public speaking which will be a huge skill I need in the future. It is actually a fun thing to attend because of the different kinds of characters of people there are.”
Current member, Brighton & Hove Youth Council member, 2016 to 2018

Learn more about the youth council

If you’d like to know more about youth council or to get involved, either speak to your school youth group leader or contact Rob Scoble by:

Additionally, learn more about the UK Youth Parliament.