The Bristol Youth Select Committee (BYSC) and Bristol Members of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP) are an elected group of young people aged 11 to 18. Members are voted in the ‘Bristol Big Youth Vote’.
We want to make sure children and young people can express their views on the decisions that are important to them and that their opinions are voiced and heard. They can therefore make positive changes in their communities and make a difference to the young people of Bristol.
We are elected by young people to represent them. We actively seek out children and young people’s opinions and try to make a change. We do this in the following ways:
1. We represent young views to adults - for example to councillors and council officers and to the Children and Young People's Services (CYPS) directorate leadership team.
2. We debate and discuss issues that are important to young people.
3. We decide on campaign issues (our manifesto) and in our areas we think of ways to improve things.
4. We organise events, collect and share information to get results and attend residential training days and meetings with other young people and adults.
We are currently working with the mayor and the youth mayors to define their roles; however, we do know that the youth mayors will act as advisors to Mayor George Ferguson and they will attend meetings and accompany him to events.
The Bristol Youth Select Committee meets once a month. Here are the terms of reference (opens new window) for their meetings.
You can contact the Bristol Youth Select Committee via Bristol Youth Links:
telephone: 0117 372 5716
Bristol City Council,
The Council House,
Bristol BS1 5TR