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Maximising Young People's Voice and Power

The Centre for Youth Impact is working with the British Youth Council to generate insight into existing youth voice activity across the UK, and support the development of more equitable practices that allow a greater representation of young people to have power and influence in decision making. 

About the project

This work is part of a collaborative commitment from BBC Children in Need, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund to ensure more meaningful youth voice and power work moving forward, both across their collective vision for young people and more widely across society.

The Centre for Youth Impact are project managing the initiative, which has four key ambitions:

  1. Increase understanding: Better understand current youth voice activity in the UK in terms of where and how young people have a voice, who accesses these channels and what they are saying.
  2. Increase reach: Ensure more young people, particularly those seldom heard, such as excluded or marginalised groups, or groups that are less well known, are heard and have influence in decision making processes.
  3. Enhance equity: Better understand the barriers to engagement, and evidence priority areas where we need to focus on equitable access for young people to ensure their voices are heard and able to have influence.
  4. Improve access to information: To ensure practitioners and young people can access information on national youth voice and insight activity.


The initiative is being supported by a steering group of young people feeding in to key elements of the project and ensuring that young people’s voices are central to the insights and outputs generated.


Key outputs for the project

Between October 2021-September 2022, the project aims to:

  • Support the BYC to increase the reach of their annual youth participation event Make Your Mark.
  • Map current youth voice activity and generate insights in the key mechanisms for listening to young people, which young people engage and what they are telling us.
  • Develop a typology for youth voice, building on existing frameworks and involving user-testing with practitioners and young people.
  • Design and disseminate a survey to gather insight into organisational experiences of supporting youth voice and better understand: the ways organisations involve young people; which young people are likely to be involved; any barriers to participation.
  • Develop and publish an interactive map which shows the level of youth voice activity by local authority area, incorporating data from the practitioner survey and Make Your Mark.


If you would like more information about this project please get in touch with Jo (

Click here to read the Make Your Mark technical report, an accompanying report to the Make Your Mark 2022 results, published by the British Youth Council.