We have had a new CYC Structure since April 2018 and we are still trying to set it up. Young people are elected on to the CYC by proportional representation through schools, colleges, youth clubs, voluntary youth groups, youth action groups, special interest groups, disability groups, other specialist or minority formal and informal groups during a Grand Council Meeting called ‘Count Me In’
Carmarthenshire Youth Council is made up of 50 young people aged 11-25 years old representing 4 main areas:
• EDUCATION - young people from Secondary and Special School Councils, Private Schools, Students at Coleg Sir Gar and University of Wales Trinity St David. (18 positions)
• UNIVERSAL - any young people 11- 25 years of age living, studying or working in Carmarthenshire (14 positions)
• SPECIAL INTEREST - any young people who; have experience of homelessness or the Youth Offenders system; are disabled, G.L.B.T.Q, B.E.M, Gypsy travellers, NEET. L.A.C or Care leavers; or is a Young carer, son or daughter of foster carer, a Child In Need, is a young refugee, is a young migrant, is first language welsh, is a Young farmer or living rurally.
• WELSH YOUTH PARLIAMENT - Following elections organised by the National Assembly for Wales the three young people representing the constitution areas in Carmarthenshire will have the opportunity to be co-opted on to the Youth Council to ensure communication and effective working to give Carmarthenshire's young people a voice nationally.
CYC COMMITTEE BOARD
Opportunities for Youth Council Members to be elected by other members to become members of the CYC Committee Board who make decisions on the day to day running of the Youth Council.
Elected Youth Council Members can stand for election to champion Carmarthenshire County Council Executive Board Portfolio areas and work closely with the County Council and be involved in the decision making process.
MEMBER OF UKYP
An elected member of CYC to represent Carmarthenshire at the UK Youth Parliament
MEMBERS OF CADW
Members of CYC to champion Safeguarding and represent Carmarthenshire at Regional CADW Board.
CYMRU IFANC AND BRITISH YOUTH COUNCIL
Opportunity for any CYC members (and non CYC Members) to be involved in National project work and campaigns run by both organisations.
CYC meets every last Wednesday of the month (or as close as we can) between 5.30 – 8.30pm in Carmarthen.
We also have Workshop days during half term which gives us a chance to get a lot of work done.