Get involved in your council
As a young person living in Kent it is important that your voice is heard.
There are many ways in which you can be involved in council lead decisions, whether that be through, telling us what you think about the SEND information hub, becoming a member of the Kent Youth County Council, registering your vote at a local election or being involved in youth projects. Your opinion matters.
SEND information hub
The SEND information hub has been created in partnership with young people. We want to hear your opinions about the SEND information hub and how we can make it the place to find the information you need.
Kent Youth County Council
Kent Youth County Council (KYCC) are a group of young people aged 11 to 18 years who are elected to represent and act upon the views, issues and opinions of the young people in Kent.
Four young people are elected to represent each of Kent’s 12 districts and also 12 community seats, where they make sure there is representative of all communities. They focus on tackling three campaigns a year, ranging from curriculum, mental health and the environment.
UK Youth Parliament
Each year KYCC elects seven Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) who represent Kent nationally at UK Youth Parliament events. The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11 to 18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.
Try Angle Awards
The Try Angle Awards recognise the outstanding efforts and achievements of young people and groups who really try their best whether at school, work, college, in business or in their wider community across Kent.
You can nominate anyone aged 11 to 18 or 11 to 25 (with special educational needs) in Kent.
Emotional wellbeing participation
The Emotional Wellbeing Participation Team work with young people and their families who have used mental health and emotional wellbeing services. Your feedback and experiences help to improve and develop these services for all young people across the county.
Opportunities are open to all children and young people up until the age of 18, or 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
In partnership with young people we have developed the Youth Charter. The Youth Charter sets out six agreed principles of how young people want staff to engage and work with them:
- respect you and be kind
- include you and accept you
- listen, understand and act upon what you say
- be honest and work to build your trust
- support you to grow and learn from your experience
- let you lead and make decisions
It's easy to get involved with future projects or have your say about the council, you can: