Do you think your voice deserves to be heard by government ministers on matters of policy-making?

Do you believe more young people’s views need to be represented?

At Shout Out UK, we do.

That’s why we have teamed up with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to convene a Youth Policy Development Group (YPDG), responsible for representing and articulating the voice of England’s Youth to politicians at the highest levels of government, in order to mainstream the youth voice across all national decisions.

A Group of Policy-Making Specialists

As part of a diverse 30-member team, the YPDG devises extensive policy briefs in specific topic areas, and presents these directly to government ministers. Throughout the six month process, they are guided and upskilled via monthly training sessions organised by Shout Out UK. These sessions provide the Group with the necessary skills to debate, create and present policy briefs to real-world policy-makers.

Shaping Government Policy NOW.

The YPDG conducted their fifth Roundtable with senior policy-makers from Defra and the Minister for Agri-Innovation and Climate Adaptation, on the 27th of April. They presented and discussed their policy recommendations on gene modification, including the benefits and risks of using gene modification in our food systems.

The next roundtable, covering issues related to mental health, will take place on the 6th of June.

Have Your Say on Government Policy with the YPDG


Answer the questions by clicking the button above, and the YPDG will make sure to articulate YOUR ideas directly to government officials in the next roundtable discussion.

If you have any questions about the survey or the YPDG programme as a whole, please email

Testimonials from YPDG Members

Thank you to our wonderful partners!

(September 2021 – April 2022)

April 2022 – Present