Our mission is to ensure the central role of young people in international decision-making through effective and inclusive representation to secure lasting and positive change for young people in the UK.
Basically, we want young people to have a voice on issues that they care about and on decisions that affect them.
Young people have a right to have a say on the decisions that affect them. More and more the decisions that affect young people in the UK are made at meetings and forums all over the World – in Europe, at the United Nations and at the Commonwealth. It is important for young people to have a voice and be represented at these forums to influence decisions, policies and actions.
Also, issues like poverty, employment, climate change and conflict – issues that affect us all and issues that will continue to affect many generations to come – are discussed at international meetings and events. Young people should have a voice in these discussions too.
The Young Ambassadors are a team of 7 young people (aged 18-25) from across the United Kingdom with diverse backgrounds and experiences. They reach out to their communities and networks to listen to the concerns and views of young people which they take to international forums and meetings to ensure they are heard at the highest level. They receive training and support to develop their skills and knowledge to do this effectively.
The UK Young Ambassadors are part of a growing network determined to bring about positive change for young people.
There are three different young Ambassador positions, each with different focuses and responsibilities.
The Young Ambassadors for Structured Dialogue and European Policy focus on the phases of structured dialogue between the UK and Europe. This entails running national consultations on key issues that are facing young people in the UK, campaigning on behalf of young people and representing these views at European Youth Conferences. The three Young Ambassadors for Structured Dialogue are supported by a Youth Steering group that is made up of young people who are key stakeholders in the current topic of structured dialogue. This changes on an 18 month basis.
The two Young Ambassadors for the European Youth Forum are the key UK link between the British Youth Council as the national youth council in the UK to the European Youth Forum (YFJ). The UKYA’s for the European Youth Forum will be responsible for correspondence with YFJ as well as attending key meetings such as COMEM and BBC+ which involves meeting with other national youth councils in Europe and engaging with key issues that effect young people in Europe.
The two Young Ambassadors for the Commonwealth represent the UK at commonwealth events, engage with the Commonwealth Youth Council and advocate issues that arise on both a UK and international basis.
The program is managed by the British Youth Council.
We are funded by Erasmus+ and a National Working Group.