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Aberdeen City Youth Council
Type Charity
Founded 2008
Headquarters St Nicholas House, Aberdeen, Scotland
Area served Aberdeen, Scotland
Key people Paul Robertson, Chairman
Neils Wood, Vice Chairman
Iain Corbett
, Press Officer
Chad West, Secretary
Annabel Butler, Treasurer
Industry Youth empowerment
Website [1]

The Aberdeen City Youth Council is a registered charity that aims to give young people a voice in decision-making at a citywide level in Aberdeen, Scotland.

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About

The Aberdeen City Youth Council is made up of young people, aged 14–25 years, from different areas and interest groups in Aberdeen. The organization is the official voice of young people in Aberdeen and aims to promote the views of young people in the decision-making process at local, citywide, national and international levels. However the work of the organization extends to promoting an accurate image of young people in the media, running youth-orientated events in the city and liaising with local decision-makers and community figures to have the views of local young people adopted.

The Aberdeen City Youth Council is supported by Aberdeen City Council financially and by means of staff support, through the City Council's Youth Participation Officer.

Structure

Youth Councilors are co-opted by the Youth Council's membership to sit on the body as long as they are eligible. Membership is open to any young person aged 14–25 years who lives, works or studies in the city of Aberdeen.

The organization is entirely led by its membership and holds annual internal elections to appoint an Officer Bearer team, consisting of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Press Officer, Secretary and Treasurer. This team determines the strategy, policy and long-term direction of the organization, with the approval of the membership.

The Aberdeen City Youth Council works closely with various organizations across the city of Aberdeen including; but not limited to: community centers, community councils, cultural organizations, local area forums and local businesses. The organization also has a very close relationship with the Scottish Youth Parliament. The Aberdeen City Youth Council is the local coordinator for Scottish Youth Parliament elections and Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) for the constituencies of Aberdeen North, Aberdeen Central and Aberdeen South are elected from the Aberdeen City Youth Council.

History

The Aberdeen City Youth Council was previously known as the Aberdeen Youth Action Committee, which performed a similar role in Aberdeen since its establishment in the 1990s.

Controversy

In July 2009, the Youth Council attracted criticism from some local elected members when they chose to allow Gary Raikes, Leader of the British National Party in Scotland, a discursive article in their monthly e-newsletter. The decision came under attack in the Press & Journal from several elected members of different political parties.[1]

Despite this criticism, the Youth Council stood by its decision and wrote to the Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council, stating it's disappointment that elected members had damaged the relationship between the two organizations by publicly criticizing the Youth Council without prior discussion.[2]

Notable Members Past & Present

Paul Robertson - Present Chairman, elected in 2008.
Julie-Anne Butchart - Chair, 2007 to 2008.
Faith Mackie - Chair, 2006 to 2007.
Chris Ritchie - Chairman, 2001 to 2006
Charlene Kilpatrick - Chair, 1998 to 2001
John West - Aberdeen City Councilor, not formal member but regularly attends meetings as a young person.

General Information

General Information comes from the Aberdeen City Youth Council "Starter Pack", available on the Aberdeen City Youth Council's space on the Aberdeen City Council website [3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Youth Council criticized Over BNP Article
  2. ^ Youth Council Accuse Trio of Denting Trust
  3. ^ Aberdeen City Youth Council

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