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49 Hälsingegatan
Stockholm, Stockholms län, 113 31

What we do and why

The Swedish Association of Youth Councils (SAYC) holds the basic idea is that young people, just like adults, should have the opportunity to influence their own lives. This becomes easier when they organize themselves. A youth council is an organization by and for young people who live in a particular municipality, city or neighborhood. Youth councils do many different activities and aims to make life better for themselves and other young people in their community.

The Swedish Association of Youth Councils gathers youth councils and other influence forums for young people from all over the country. We have about 50 active member organizations in our network, and is constantly growing. Today we do not know exactly how many Swedish municipalities that have influence forums for young people, but we are at full speed trying to get an overview and make a statement about this. What we do know is that young people in many places around the country lack the opportunities to be heard. That is what we are trying to change.

The Swedish Association of Youth Councils was formed in 2003 by young people who felt a strong need to cooperate, and today this is still the organization's main function. We help young people from across the country to get in touch with each other. We also give them inspiration and knowledge about how they can face the problems they see in their own communities. Youth councils are working politically in many places, but this is not required. Many youth councils also run their own business, as well as conduct social and cultural events and activities. We at the The Swedish Association of Youth Councils see how important it is that the youth councils must be allowed to work with what they want, in their own way and we therefore put no pressure on our member organizations to work more with any particular issue. The freedom of their organizations is one of our main focuses.

The Swedish Association of Youth Councils is politically and religiously independent and welcomes all young people who want to get involved, as long as they want to be part of an inclusive and democratic organization, it is the only requirement. We embrace a norm-critical approach and work as hard as we can to create an accessible organization where everyone feels welcome. This is whats most important for us.