About International Youth Day
The aim of International Youth Day 2019 is to ‘examine how Governments, young people and youth-led and youth-focused organisations, as well as other stakeholders, are transforming education’.
Here at DCMS, the Youth Steering Group was formed to help get young people’s voices heard and involve them in policy making across government. Led by the British Youth Council and partners, it’s a group of 25 young people aged between 14 and 25 from all across England, who represent a wide range of regions, backgrounds and experiences.
One of the areas the group is currently focusing on is political education for young people, which we wanted to highlight today on International Youth Day. Political awareness among young people is of utmost importance for those trying to understand the world around them, and how they are a part of it.
Along with The Mix and the Cabinet Office’s Policy Lab, the Youth Steering Group has helped to co-design three potential strategies to engage young people with learning about how policy gets made, how it affects them, and what they can do to influence it through consultations.
We are very excited to see how these projects develop and hope they can be part of a movement that further includes youth in governance at all levels. Today, we’d like to celebrate the young people in the Youth Steering Group, who have worked so hard to champion youth voice and who continue to inspire change in the policy making process.