The CDYS Youth Council has been in existence for a number of years, although this year in particular, sees it growing in strength and confidence. Their contribution is valuable, ensuring the work of CDYS stays true to our values, regarding the dignity and empowerment.
The Youth Council is a group of young people who came together to represent the voice of the youth in their area. They meet regularly to influence the direction the youth services take, by giving feedback on what all young people need. Their meetings take place locally and regionally every two months.
Members of the Youth Council are passionate about their youth service and want to have a say in what is happening. The group can act as an advisory to the local youth service, but can also feed into the organisational Board of Directors as well as lobby local counsellors. Youth councils take part in Comhairle na nÓg and Dáil na nÓg and are also encouraged to undergo leadership training.
CDYS Youth Council are currently involved in Erasmus+ To find out more about this European initiative click on the link.
If you are interested in forming or becoming a member of a Youth Council to actively work towards change for peers in your community, please contact the local youth worker in your local SPY project.