The British Youth Council (BYC) is the recognised National Youth Council of the UK. We empower young people aged 25 and under to influence and inform the decisions that affect their lives. We support young people to get involved in their communities and democracy locally, nationally and internationally, making a difference as volunteers, campaigners, decision-makers and leaders.
BYC is made up of more than 230 member organisations who support our common vision for young people. Members elect our Board, determine our policies and prioritise our campaigns. They also act as the link between BYC and millions of individuals within the membership of our members.
BYC runs a number of youth-led networks and programmes which encourage young people to get involved in democracy and campaign to bring about change - including UK Youth Parliament, Young Mayor Network, Local Youth Council Network, League of Young Voters, NHS Youth Forum, National Scrutiny Group, Youth Select Committee and a network of UK Young Ambassadors who work on European and Global issues.
Our training programmes empower young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to bring about change. We also recognise young people who have made a significant contribution to their community through schemes.