Represent girls’ voices at the British Youth Council
Want to speak out for young people on a national stage? Join our delegation to the British Youth Council. Closes 14 February.
Become a national spokesperson for girls and young women
Passionate about social change? Join Girlguiding’s British Youth Council delegation and get a unique introduction to political organising - with the chance to meet like-minded young people along the way.
Apply online now
Apply online now
What is the British Youth Council?
The BYC is the national youth council of the UK. It empowers young people, aged 25 and under, to have a say and be heard. It promotes equality and helps young people be more involved in decisions that affect their lives.
The Girlguiding delegation is made up of ten members aged 14 to 25 from across the UK.
What will I do?
As part of the delegation, you'll attend the British Youth Council’s Annual Council Meeting (ACM) and put forward suggestions of things that are currently affecting the lives of young people. Previously we've spoken about period poverty, the environment, media representation and body confidence.
You'll play a key role in our work giving girls a voice. You'll have the chance to be a Girlguiding spokesperson for media interviews and create blogs for us. You'll discuss issues that matter to you as a young woman, helping to drive our campaigning work.
Download the role description
Download the role description
Why should I apply?
Becoming part of our delegation is a great first step into politics, campaigning or youth work. You'll build your skills in public speaking, campaigning, team work, networking, social media and blogging. The current chief guide and assistant chief guide have both previously been BYC delegates, so it's a great way into further roles in guiding too.
But perhaps most importantly, it's a chance to be heard and to understand how issues affect all young people.
Young peoples voices are extremely important, but often overlooked. Girlguiding's British Youth Council has provided me with a platform to ensure my voice is heard, and help make a difference to young people across the UK. From improving mental health support, to removing gender stereotypes. I am grateful for this opportunity, and have enjoyed every minute representing Girlguiding and young people! - Amy, chair of the British Youth Council delegation
How much time will I need to give?
You'll need to attend four meetings each year - three at Girlguiding in London and the British Youth Council Annual Council Meeting. The current planned dates for meetings are:
- 11 and 12 May
- 13 July
- 31 August
- February 2020 date TBC
Outside of this, you’ll spend one to two hours a week on BYC activities – that might include blogging, attending events in Parliament, or taking part in media opportunities. It’s up to you how many opportunities you put yourself forward for, but we ask that you take part in at least three
Who can apply?
We’re currently looking for up to five new delegates. Members from any country and region can apply. We'll appoint at least one new delegate from: Ulster, North West and Anglia, so we particularly encourage members from these regions to apply.
You need to be aged 14 to 25 and a member of Girlguiding to apply. But you don’t need to have any prior experience. You just need to be passinate about speaking out about things that are important to girls and young women in the UK and tackling gender inequality.
We're committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. To ensure a diverse and inclusive delegation we particularly encourage applications from women and girls of colour, with disabilities (including mental illnesses or other long term illnesses), from the LGBTQ+ community and who identify as working class.
If you don’t feel confident enough to apply, or have any questions, please get in touch for an informal chat - we’d be thrilled to talk and it won’t affect the outcome of your application. Email Megan at [email protected] and she'll be happy to help.
How to apply
Sounds exciting? Then fill in our short application form telling us why you're interested in joining the delegation. We'll be selecting delegates based on their passion and interest in the BYC delegate panel as well as the skills which they can bring to the delegation.
We'll let all applicants know if they have being selected for interview by 28 February. Successful applicants will have an informal skype interview with the Youth Voice and Campaigns Officer and the chair of the current BYC delegation. We'll let applicants know if they a have been appointed to the panel by the middle of March.
The first meeting successful delegates need to be available to attend is Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May.
Complete our online application form by 14 February 2019.