Durban Youth Concil "Today's Youth... Tommorow's Leaders..."

A Brief History

The Durban Youth Council has been operational since 1966 and is a project of the Junior Chamber South Africa (Durban Chapter). The Council is composed of over 100 grade 11 students from more than 30 schools in the Durban area. The Council strives to create young leaders who serve and support their community and make a difference in the lives of those around them. It is the students themselves that run the council with guidance of a Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee is that body of ex-councillors and interested parties that ensures the annual continuity of the council. With current membership standing at ten, the Steering Committee is committed to the development of young leaders and ensures that councillors uphold the DYC Constitution. Through the use of training and development programs and interventions throughout the year, the councillors are encouraged to take an interest in those issues affecting themselves and their community.

The most notable transition in more recent years has been a renewed contribution to more community services initiatives, with half of the council forming part of the Community Services Committee. The last few years have been an exciting time for the council, which has not only seen an increase in membership, but the implementation of several new initiatives, such as:

  • The councillor’s term of office now runs from January to December of their Grade 11 year.
  • A revised Committee Project Structure which caters for each committees specific needs, aims and objectives.
  • A thorough and elaborate process of project implementation and planning (PP&B).
  • The introduction of a set, pre-determined list of projects and themes for the council year, taking the form of the DYC Annual Calendar.
  • A renewed commitment to training and development for councillors.

Finally, the Steering Committee has taken active steps to ensure that the DYC maintains a firm focus to more community driven initiatives. Gone are the days of fabulous balls and extravagant events for the councillors and more emphasis is given to continuous training and development, imparting of skills to those less fortunate and community assistance programs.