What is it?

The network of youth councils was formed in summer 2006 to ensure that young people had an active role in the design and delivery of the YPPT project.

Nine regional Youth Councils were established with approximately six young people on each, along with a National youth council made up of two representatives from each of the regional groups.

The youth council advised on all aspects of the YPPT project: there were members on each activity strand sub committee and they were involved in the selection of project activity and recruitment of personnel.

The youth council met regularly with council meetings, residential weekends, workshops and online.

Who was involved?
Chris Sudworth was the lead youth council organiser/facilitator throughout the YPPT programme .

Chris was supported by Vicky Bell, Anisa Saleh and Abdul Shayek and video documenter Simon Hadfield (Random Word films). The youth council received previous facilitation from Andrew Loretto, Balbir Singh, Nicole Bayes and Rebecca Gould.

What are the outcomes?
The youth councils have undertaken their own discrete action research projects in their region based on the key priorities they identified from the initial mapping research Paving the way. Projects were successfully completed in the majority of regions.

The youth councils delivered wider consultations with young people on aspects of the YPPT project and participatory theatre sector as a whole. Further consulations were carried out by the youth council in Autumn 2008 as part of the YPPT legacy developments.

Youth council members attended several international festivals (ACT Festival, Bilbao; ITS Festival, Amsterdam) and national theatre festivals (NSDF, Scarborough: BYTF, Epping Forest) as preparation and research for the YPPT International Forum event GET IN…! The youth council members were intrinsically involved in the planning and delivery of this event at which they presented their work and progress to date.

This spring a group of youth council members lead on a piece of work to develop a manifesto for Alan Davey, Chief Executive of Arts Council England and contributed to the Wider Range of Voices research initiative for Arts Council England.

Arts Council England is working to develop the legacy of the youth council's work in relation to the role of young people in the wider work of the Arts Council and the Cultural Olympiad.

How can I find out more?
Download the June 2008 youth council newsletter
Youth Council case study on the Taking Part website
Watch the Youth Council film
Watch members of the Youth Council interview Margaret Hodge