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Welcome to the Newport Youth Council web pages!

You can find information here on what we do, what's going on, and how to get involved.

Newport Youth Council is all about making sure young people like you are listened to and get your voices heard by the people who make the decisions about your lives; in your school; your area; your county and your country. We also make sure that money is spent on services and activities that you want and need.

The mandate of Newport Youth Council or NYC is to advise the City Council on issues, projects and developments that affect youth in Newport. There are many different ways to get involved, and contribute. Our goal is to form a Youth Council that represents Newport's diversity of young people; who can work together toward the improvement of youth opportunities and experiences for all young people. Plus we always do our best to have fun in whatever we do!

No experience is needed to become a member of Newport Youth Council. All we ask is that you be between the ages of 11 to 25, and be a resident of Newport. A passion for youth issues, a desire to learn about and improve youth opportunities, a motivation to work positively to enact change, and the desire to have fun are all part and parcel of joining NYC!

Interested? Contact the Youth Participation Worker on 01633277307 or 07974750381.

About

“Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into account.”

Article 12: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The aim of youth councils is to provide a forum that will enable the opinions of young people to be heard and encourage their active involvement in decision making. Newport Youth Council or NYC is the forum for all the young people of Newport.

NYC gives young people an opportunity to put forward your views and ideas about what's happening locally. What's more the Councillors and other people who make decisions are really keen to listen to what we've got to say.

Newport Youth Council consist of a group of young people whose job it is to help other young people. They do this by:

  • Helping young people with any problems they have;
  • Representing young people at meetings and events, where previously they might have been forgotten;
  • Voicing young people’s opinions so that adults consider them and young people too;
  • Informing young people about important issues (political and social);
  • Running events to inform young people and help them have a say;
  • Producing films, radio broadcasts and podcasts, animations, games, posters, leaflets etc… to raise awareness of issues that are important to young people.

What’s in it for me?

The opportunity to trained as a Young Inspector or sit on Interview panels and generally gain a lot of skills necessary for your transition into adulthood.

Also, you can also use involvement in the group to count towards your DofE Award and gain ASDAN accreditation.

How does NYC work?

NYC provides a platform through meetings and this website where you can make your voice heard by the people who run this city and provide services for children and young people.

Who can join?

NYC is open to all Newport residents between the ages of 11- 25.

Aims & Constitution

Every organisation needs a set of objectives to work towards and a set of rules to work by. These are ours:

The name of the organisation shall now and forever be referred to as:
“NYC” - Newport Youth Council

1. Mission Statement
Newport Youth Council is established to work towards:

  • Representing the views and rights of young people and improving young people’s services.
  • Giving young people a voice in order to maintain and improve facilities and social situations for young people.
  • Helping young people to tackle issues that affect them.

2. Objectives
To improve consultation between policy makers, young people services, youth organisations / agencies, schools and young people themselves. In addition NYC pledge to:

  • Raise the profile of young people within Newport by promoting a positive image of young people.
  • Encourage the active participation of young people as individuals and as community members.
  • Promote and encourage equality of opportunity for all young people regardless of background and circumstance, i.e. age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religion, disability.

Get in touch

We'd love to hear your comments and suggestions, whatever they are about. Perhaps you:

Think there's something happening in your area that we should know about?
Want to know how to go about setting up your own youth forum?
Have an idea for something that we could do to make a difference for young people in Newport?
Have suggestions for additional information which you think should be added to this site?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, please email us.

Even if you do not want to become a representative you can still let us know if there is something happening in your area that annoys you or you have an idea that could make Newport a better place to be by emailing us.

Whatever you'd like to say, you can use email us.

But please ensure to include your telephone number, full address and postcode in the message, so we can get in touch with you!

Alternatively you might want to write or drop in to:
The Information Shop
133 Commercial Street
Newport NP20 1LY
Click here for direction to The Info Shop

Or Contact:
Lisanne Saladino
Participation Officer
Tel: 01633 259767 Mob: 07773388358




FAQs

What is the NYC?

NYC is the abbreviation for the Newport Youth Council.  It is a body within the City of Newport made up of young people between the ages of 11 and 25, and their mandate is to advise the City Council on youth-related issues.

How does NYC represent youth in our city?

Recruitment efforts focus on making the opportunity known to all populations of youth in Newport.  By encouraging the involvement of all youth, NYC hopes to build a group of young individuals who represent the many and varied youth perspectives and experiences in Newport, by having elected members voting by their groups/schools and independent representatives.

How does NYC affect the lives of youth in our city?

NYC will ensure that the perspectives of young people are taken into account by decision makers, by working alongside Newport City Council staff on pertinent issues.

When does the NYC meet?

The first Monday of every month the NYC meet up to discuss issues affecting young people and opportunities arising. Twice a year NYC meet up with Councillors and Heads of Service at the Civic Centre to discuss issues affecting young people with the decision makers

Where does the NYC meet?

The meetings are held city centre at the Riverfront at The Info Shop 133 Commercial Street. Newport. NP20 1LY

Are NYC meetings open? Can anyone come to the meetings even if they are not formally a member?

Yes, NYC meetings are open to the public.

What kind of time commitment does NYC require?

There are monthly meetings which are 2 hours in duration.  However many more opportunities will be presented to young people, such as training and many events we attend. Members are encouraged to join subcommittees/working groups as well, which involves attendance at meetings as well. However it is the individual choice on how much of their time they commit to NYC.

How does the Youth Council try to address the transportation needs of its members?

Transportation to and from meetings will be provided in the form of bus tokens.  They can be obtained from the Youth Participation Worker.

What is NYC’s relationship to City Council?

NYC advises Newport City Council on youth-related issues and throughout the year will issue a number of reports for their consideration.

Do NYC members have the opportunity to work alongside the City Councillors in order to receive their feedback and/or guidance concerning a specific task or project?

There is the potential to work in collaboration with City Councillors, depending on the scope and needs of the work.

How is NYC organised and how does it operate?

Please see the “About Us” section.

How are decisions made within NYC? 

Decisions are made by democratically through voting.  Each member casts one vote, and the majority rules. There are no veto votes.

Who can join the NYC?

Any resident of Newport between the ages of 11 and 25.

How and when can you apply for NYC?

NYC is always on the look out for members. If you’d like to learn more about NYC or would like to join please check out the Getting Involved section.

Do I need to have certain grades, education level, or any voluntary experience to join the Youth Council?

No.  The only things required to apply to the NYC are residency in Newport, and being between 11 and 25.

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