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Our priorities for 2020-2022

Priorities for the Islington Youth Council (IYC) over the next two years are:

Keeping safe:

We will work with council leaders and council officers to review Islington’s Youth Safety Plan, 'Working Together for a Safer Islington' and support the development and implementation of a new youth safety plan for Islington from July 2020.

We will work with council leaders and officers to promote safety both online and within our communities and support campaigns that focus on a reduction in violence towards women and girls.

We will use our social media platforms to engage with young people and promote campaigns around tackling crime and exploitation and improving overall safety.

Youth spaces:

We will work with council leaders and officers to ensure young people continue to have access to skilled and trusted youth workers, in a range of youth spaces, who will listen to them, support them when they need help and connect them to inspiring, creative and challenging opportunities that they will enjoy.

We want to increase the number of young people and particularly those who need extra support, to access Islington’s youth spaces and will use our role to increase awareness amongst our peers.

We will use our social media to engage with young people and promote opportunities available in the borough.

Mental health and body image:

We are aware that body image is a big issue in young people’s lives. We will work with council leaders and officers, to identify support that can be made available to support young people who have concerns about body image.

We will use our social media to engage with young people and to promote the range of local social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) services available for young people, and how to access them.

We will create a podcast to raise awareness about emotional wellbeing and mental health.

More opportunities ... less poverty:

We will work with council leaders and officers to promote education, employment and training to our peers in order to reduce unemployment and poverty, we want to promote non-stereotypical careers, such as girls in sports to promote equality in the borough.

We will use our social media to engage with young people and promote opportunities to support young people's economic wellbeing.

As youth councillors, we listen to the views of all young people. That includes young people who go to school out of borough, those who don’t feel their voices have been heard, young people having problems or that are worried about what is happening at home, with their education or in their communities.

We work together with representative young people from all of the protected characteristics (covered by the Equality Act, such as disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and more) to make sure we understand the whole picture about what life is like for young people in Islington.

If you want more information about or want to comment on the priorities of the Youth Council, please feel free to get in touch.