The Aboriginal Youth Council (AYC) was established in 1994 to bring Aboriginal youth views, concerns and issues to the national level.
The AYC is comprised of 13 members including a four member Executive Committee, a youth executive member, and eight provincial/regional representatives.
The AYC brings a unified youth voice that helps guide the Friendship Centre Movement in a number of youth priority issues as well as provides a youth presence in the decision-making process of the Friendship Centre Movement.
To create positive change for Friendship Centre youth through inclusion, empowerment and culture by: increasing communication; increasing training and development opportunities; increasing youth involvement both internally and externally to the Friendship Centre Movement; Facilitating the development of youth leaders; providing awareness on issues facing urban Aboriginal youth; encouraging and supporting the on-going spiritual, mental, emotional and physical development of urban Aboriginal youth; Involving youth at all levels of the Friendship Centre Movement both internally and externally; and, preserving and promoting our culture and heritage.
The AYC defines youth as being between the ages of 14-24.