THE new Youth Council for Kirklees has been born.
Almost 70 young people from schools and colleges got together in Huddersfield Town Hall to launch the group, which aims to give young people a say on issues and public services affecting the under-18s.
The launch event included debates and workshops on issues including What will the Youth Council do? What issues will it look at? How can we make sure young people know about the Youth Council and get involved?
The first formal meeting is planned for October.
Kirklees councilor Jim Dodds said: “Young people are our future. They are the future politicians. They are the future entrepreneurs. They are the future wealth-creators and decision makers.
“I want to give them a platform and a mechanism for having a real influence on what happens around them in their communities, in their schools and social settings, and in their lives”.
The council will comprise 32 young people aged 11-18.
The plan is for 27 of them to be elected by other young people through a proper election process.