British Youth Council Delegates
Our British Youth Council delegates are part of an amazing movement of young people standing up for change
The British Youth Council offers a fantastic opportunity to get your voice heard
I’ve always been eager to have my views heard, and I really want to raise my voice and help people - being part of Girlguiding’s British Youth Council delegation has really helped me to make a difference. - Simi, London, 2015 delegate
Our British Youth Council delegation comprises of 10 members - including the Chair - aged between 14 and 25 from across the UK. Delegates learn how power and politics work and how they can use their voices and connect their views with other young people to create positive change.
What our delegates do
Our delegation works with the other BYC young delegates to campaign for change and to improve young people's lives. They are passionate about equality and seek to influence their British Youth Council peers so that issues that matter to girls are heard. They're also media spokespeople for Girlguiding and help shape our campaigns and research.
Each year the delegation work together to put forward motions - ideas for campaigns or issues to support - to the British Youth Council in order to influence them to take action. Key issues our delegates have put forward include Sex and Relationships Education in PSHE, girls' rights internationally, tackling sexual harassment in schools, violence against women and girls, young people’s mental health and more.
How our British Youth Council delegates have made a difference
Some examples of issues which Girlguiding delegates have taken forward include:
End period poverty and stigma - the delegation put forward a motion asking the British Youth Council to support the campaign to end period poverty and stigma. The British Youth Council now supports this campaign, calling on Governments across the UK to provide period products for those who need them, as well as speaking out against shame and stigma surrounding periods.
Protecting the Rights of Girls and Young Women Internationally - the British Youth Council now speak out against forced and child marriage, and any violations of girls' and women's rights. This includes Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and girls being used as weapons in areas of conflict. This is as a result of a motion presented by Girlguiding's delegation on the rights of girls internationally.
No More Page 3 - the delegation successfully put forward a special motion calling on the British Youth Council to support the No More Page 3 campaign, to remove pictures of topless women from The Sun Newspaper. We believe that Girlguiding's support for the campaign was an important factor in the campaign's success.
Meet our British Youth Council Delegates
Amy, 21, South West Amy is passionate about: body image and young people's mental health.
Being on the delegation means representing and giving a voice to all girls and young women on a national platform where we can make a difference. "I raise up my voice, not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard" - Malala Yousafzai - I particularly love this quote!
Anna, 15, Anglia Anna is passionate about climate change and human rights.
'The BYC delegation gives me the opportunity to positively influence the lives of young people. Whether that is protecting the environment they live in or making the future more accessible.'
Grace, 14, Midlands Grace is passionate about: girls in sport, diverse representation of women in the media and tackling exam pressure.
'By being part of the British Youth Council Delegation and sharing my opinions I hope that I can draw attention to the views of young people, in particular young women and girls. I want to emphasise the importance of listening to everyone's voices.'
Gwen, 17, Cymru Gwen is passionate about supporting arts subjects in school and equal opportunities for young women
'I want young women to know that they can have a chance to use their voice to create change by being an example of this. I hope that during my time as a delegate I can inspire others to challenge the issues they feel are wrong and feel that they can make a difference to society.'
Jenny, 19, Ulster Jenny is passionate about climate change and period poverty.
'Being on the British Youth Council means I can help to promote change based on the views of Girlguiding UK members. I believe this will encourage other young people to speak out on issues they feel are important.'
Kate, 16, North West Kate is passionate about LGBT rights and period poverty.
'I love the opportunity to be a part of the British youth council as it helps empower young women and embraces the diversity of everyone. it is an amazing way to have a voice and make a change within society, no one should be silenced for what they believe in.'
Katie, 18, Worthing Katie is passionate about empowering young women and girls to speak out
'I am passionate about taking the opportunity as a British Youth Council Delegate to stand up for what I believe in, and encouraging other young women to do the same! I proudly identify as a feminist - and want to raise the profile of what I think it means to be a feminist: advocating for women's rights, on the grounds of the equality of the sexes.'
Kirsty, 17, North East Kirsty is passionate about: women's representation in the media and advocating the importance of self-belief in young women and girls.
'I have been given the chance to get my voice heard which I intend to use to challenge the presumed attitudes and views towards women and highlight the importance of a young women's role in society. I want to show girls that they can campaign for issues they care about and make change. Being a member of the delegation, I want to encourage girls to realise their limitless potential that through hard work and passion they can achieve their success.'
Megan, 17, London and South East Megan is passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity in the media.
'For me being on the British Youth Council delegation means I can give young women a voice and work towards making progress towards an inclusive society, where acceptance is the forefront of society.'
Sukhdip, 18, Midlands Sukhdip is passionate about topics such as child and forced marriage.
'As a member of the delegation team I am able to speak on behalf of young people on important issues and am particularly interested in the fight against forced marriage, FGM and empowering women internationally. By representing young women I am also passionate to inspire greater diversity in parliament particularly and the workplace.'
Victoria, 23, Scotland Victoria is passionate about body confidence and how women and girls are represented in the media
'I joined Girlguiding's British Youth Council Delegates to amplify the voices of girls from across the UK at a national level. I'm particularly passioante about doing this for girls and young women from my region, Scotland. I want to help to influence positive change in society for women!'