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Speak up! – Youth council (9G Lauren Kim)
Have you ever heard of a council-run by students like us? Ever heard of a group of youths having the power to change the ordinance of Korea?
This is what the Youth Council is. A Council for Korean youth that is held in many different cities to enable many students to participate.
What Youth Council does. (Ex. Seodaemun ward)
The Youth Council is formed by 50 students carefully picked from the start of the year.
The admitted students are invited to an overnight camp where they can learn some background on politics so as to help them acknowledge exactly what they are dealing with.
In camp, students are divided into 5 groups called ‘standing committees’ or ‘departments’. There are 6 departments: Education, Administration, Human rights, Youth culture,
After the camp, each of the committees’ members tries to improve or initiate programs related to their titles, mainly for youths like themselves.
Last year committees made accomplishments by changing existing ordinances and establishing other programs for students, as shown below.
l Education Department – Changed ‘Exam Free Year’ ordinances for Korean middle school 1st graders.
l Administration Department – Established a Flea market for the Seodaemun ward.
l Human Rights Dept. – Established the Youth’s Rights Network Union to protect student’s rights.
l Youth Culture Department – Established Youth’s Media Support to those who are willing to run a personal broadcast.
l Advertisement Department – Held the Education Audition with a superintendent. (Held for the first time in Korea.)
There are many programs for members in the Youth Council apart from department activities such as meeting several Korean congressmen from various parties, visiting the Seoul City Council, organizing the ‘Chung Chung’ festival, and editing the policies of the ‘Youth Council’.
Programs that caused the members to express their experiences in the council as “helpful” and “memorable”.
Expecting New Speakers in 2020.
There may be times when you feel something’s wrong, but you don’t have the courage to say it is wrong. Or even if you say it, nobody listens or cares.
Youth Council changes that. It gives you the opportunity to be heard and considered.
The Youth Council is a bridge between you and the government that allows you to improve your society.
If you take advantage of the council’s programs and do your best in it, you will experience things most of your age can’t have. If you have a problem with your society, speak up.
There are organizations that are willing to help. Including the Youth Council right in front of you.