Newcastle Youth Council was elected in June 2010 to be a voice for 11-18 year olds living, studying or working in the city and to make it a more friendly place for young people. It is funded by Newcastle City Council until March 2012 and is managed by the regional children’s charity, Children North East.
It seeks to:
- represent the views of young people, aged 11-18, in Newcastle Upon Tyne,but also seek to improve quality of life for those who are younger.
- raise awareness of youth.
- improve the image of young people.
- promote young people’s issues to adults and local governance.
- operate as an independent council.
- work with the local council and local organisations to improve opportunities for young people.
- create an active interest in local affairs.
Its work priorities until October 2012 are to:
- Bring down cost of travel for young people outside of school hours
- More cycle lanes for safer and healthier young people
- Improve cleanliness on public transport
Tackle inconsistent and stereotyped perceptions of young people (age discrimination):
- Through advertising the positive contributions young people in Newcastle make
- By allowing young people to participate more in “adult” life
- Through creation of Youth Council website
- Production of regular newsletter
- Holding Youth Council “surgeries” in each district
Improve activities and expand young people’s access to them:
- Through affordable (or free) music and youth events
- Through more activities
- Through more advertising of what’s on
- By less vandalism of play areas
"to make a change, it's important to have your voice heard..."