Establish a youth council
Establishing a youth council is quite simple. There are certain practical and administrative steps you need to take, but it is often done quickly and isn’t very complicated. Especially since we at the Swedish Association of Youth Councils have all the information you need, and we are happy to help you!
The most basic thing you need to start a youth council is a group of young people who wants to join you. You also need to know things you would like to help change in your municipality or community. It doesn’t need to be anything big though, it can be anything from having something fun to do after school to influencing the politicians in your municipality. The only limit to what you can do is you, and your imagination.
Once you have decided on to start a youth council there are a few things you need to think about and do in order to become members of the Swedish Association of Youth Councils. During your first meeting you should discuss the following bulletpoints:
Your youth council should consist of at least five active members who are willing to attend meetings and be engaged in your activities in order to achieve change. It is important that you really want to do this. Starting a youth council is a step towards make life better for yourselves and others in your community. But it may take time to achieve change, and you might have to fight hard for it.
Having trouble finding five people who wants to join? We have lots of tips on how you can go about reaching out to new people, please contact us!
It is important for you to discuss why you are starting this youth council, what are your goals? Ask yourself these questions: What do we want to achieve? What do we want to change? Why do we want to start the Youth Council?
You also need to discuss how you want to organize yourselves and how you want to structure the youth council. How do you make decisions? When and how often do you want to meet? How does one become a member? Many of the new youth councils established today are created as independent organisations which is good since it lets you be independent and work how you want and with what you want.
When starting an organisation, there are some things that you need, a board and statutes for example. This often sounds much more complicated than it is, so do not let it scare you. We are happy to help - just contact us!
Discuss in the group what kind of relationship you want to other organisations and to the politicians in your municipality. Do you need support? Do you want to collaborate with someone? Which persons/agencies/organizations do you think can help you achieve the change you want?
Are there any more people in your community that you think should join you? How can you reach out to these people and open up your youth council to them?
What is the first thing you want to work with in the youth council? Do you want to run a youth cafe, organize concerts, create more internships for young people? Do you want to influence politicians or get better public transport? Do you want to build a skateboard ramp, a new basketball court, or something else? You can do what you want, and many things at once, but it's always good to have one first main idea that can get you together and give you a common purpose.
When you have discussed these questions, you are ready to start your youth council. All you need to do is have an annual meeting were you elect a board and decide on your statutes, then of you go. If you need any help with the annual meeting or with planning your course of action once you start working we are as always happy to help - just contact us!