New BYC Chair wants a focus on youth participation

Newly elected chair of the British Youth Council (BYC) has pledged to concentrate on plans to further involve young people in shaping services that they use.

The 2012 BYC Annual Council Meeting, held in Cardiff was the charity's most highly-attended meeting to date, with more than 180 young people from 48 youth organisations taking part including the NUS, The Prince's Trust, Girlguiding UK, The Scout Association, Young NCB and Centrepoint Parliament. Alongside electing to vacant posts on BYC's Board, delegates also debated and voted on what should be included in the BYC Manifesto for 2012-14, with restoring face-to-face careers advice, supporting equal marriage, better access to training for young people and stopping police privatisation chosen as priorities.

Rosina St James, 21, was elected as Chair having previously served on the BYC Board as Vice Chair of Participation & Development for the past year and is also a trustee for vinspired. She said: "Ultimately, BYC is about young people. So we need to provide and create more youth-led opportunities to get all young people's voices heard. BYC needs to continue to get young people’s voices heard by decision makers and government and make sure we are not put to one side."

She added : “Young people have so many great ideas and policies that contain so much but if you are not listened to, the opportunity is lost.”

Rosina, who replaces outgoing Chair Liam Preston, was elected by young people representing youth organisations in the BYC membership ahead of fellow candidate Ben Mallon. She will be joined on the Board by newly-elected officers Dan Derricott (Vice Chair of Finance) and Carly Walker-Dawson (Vice Chair of Participation & Development), alongside Dara Farrell who was re-elected as Vice Chair of Campaigns and Communications.

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British Youth CouncilChildren's Rights Alliance for EnglandKIDSNational Council for Voluntary Youth ServicesNational Youth AgencyNCB