Stroud District Youth Council
Who we are…
Stroud District Youth Council (SDYC) is the recognised active voice for young people in the Stroud district. We strive to represent 12,500 eleven to eighteen year olds and seek to give a democratic voice to the young people in the Stroud district.
Why we exist…
There are many reasons why we exist, but fundamentally it’s because young people have the right to be heard on matters of concern to them – the basis of all our work is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
What we do…
- Engage in local democracy and decision-making
- Influence and scrutinise district council decision-making and that of other organisations who deliver services for young people
- Enable young people to express their views and be heard on issues that affect them
- Act as the recognized voice for views and ideas, by advising and leading on issues of change
- Help design and run issue based projects and programmes
Who We Represent…
Membership to Stroud District Youth Council stems from secondary schools, a further education college and an emerging number of community-based local youth forum groups in the district – this enables a diverse membership to represent the views of a wide range of young people from different communities and social backgrounds.
A little bit of history…
The Stroud District Youth Council (SDYC) was founded in 2000 by Stroud District Council in order to give a democratic voice to the young people (11 to 18 years) in the Stroud district who had an opinion but no means by which to express it. Since then huge numbers of young people and their communities have benefitted from the work of SDYC and many young people as members, have acted as representatives of their community and advocates of young peoples issues. Consequently, this has brought about change in them, their communities and the organisations who have served them – SDYC members past and present have all acted as positive active volunteers and their efforts are not only part of the local history, but the impact of their work can be seen today in the communities and lives of those who took part in or benefitted from, the work undertaken.
A message from Stroud District Council…,