Could you be our next Youth Councillor?
We are a completely youth-led organisation and all our work is carried out by a passionate group of young people.
We are always looking for new members. From taking the minutes at a meeting, editing our website or snapchatting live from an event in Dundee – the work carried out by each of our Youth Councillors is incredibly important.
To help you find out more about the Youth Councillor role, we’ve answered the top 3 questions we’re often asked.
What do committee members do?
Here’s our role description. As a committee member, you will:
- Plan and organise the work of Dundee Youth Council;
- Meet as a committee every week (usually every Thursday at 6pm);
- Take part in planning nights, team building events, meetings and training;
- Promote the work of Dundee Youth Council across the city;
- Visit schools, colleges and youth groups to engage with young people;
- Represent Dundee Youth Council at various events and meetings;
- Communicate as a committee through our online platform (Zoho).
Can I join?
Here’s our personal specification. To join, we need you to:
- Be aged between 12 and 25;
- Live, work or study in Dundee;
- Be enthusiastic about the work of the Dundee Youth Council;
- Be a positive role model for other young people in the city;
- Attend weekly meetings and events;
- Commit the time necessary to carry out your role (2-5 hours a week);
- Try your best to contribute to group discussions and meetings;
- Be willing to learn new things and build your existing skills;
- Be reliable (arrive on time, prepared and organised for meetings).
What’s in it for me?
Ah, the benefits! As a member of our team, you can:
- Shape the work of our organisation;
- Have access to a range of opportunities;
- Learn new skills and build on your existing abilities;
- Meet and work with other like-minded young people;
- Be supported by our Community Learning & Development staff;
- Have access to a range of technology and computer access;
- Help make a difference to the lives of young people living in Dundee;
- Collect Saltire Awards for the hours you volunteer;
- Have fun!
Dundee Youth Council is one of those projects where you get as much out of it as you put in. Over the past couple of years, our committee has taken part in consultations, attended events, and helped contribute to local and national decision-making.
From time to time opportunities will arise and our committee members are encouraged to take advantage of these. Some recent examples include receptions with the Lord Provost of Dundee and elected representatives; dinner with Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh; trips to England, Belgium, France and the United States; tours of the Scottish and European Parliaments and opportunities to take part in various local and national projects!
These are exceptional examples of some recent opportunities our Youth Councillors have taken part in. If you get involved we can’t promise you’ll meet royalty or be on the next plane to France, however, we can be certain you’ll learn new skills, have access to opportunities if and when they come available and be part of a great project making a real difference to young people across the city.
If you would like to become a Youth Councillor please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will invite you along to our next meeting!