Education chiefs have pledged to seek millions of pounds of extra cash to address the "embarrassment" of Birmingham's under-funded youth service.
The authority has endorsed findings of a scrutiny report that says youth work in the city is under-funded by nearly #40 for every 13 to 19-year-old.
With more than 100,000 youngsters falling into this category in the city, it means the authority will have to find at least #4 million a year.
The investment would represent the biggest overhaul of youth services in a bid to ensure young people in the city steer clear of negative influences like drugs, gangs and drugs.
Councillor Reg Corns (Con Northfield), chairman of the review group that compiled the report, said the authority would now be held to account if it did not deliver.
"All the council were supportive of this across the Chamber," he said.
"The question now is to see them do their bit. We are going to monitor them month-by-month.
"At the end of the day, the council needs to identify where the money will come from. That is the key."
Scrutiny officials spent ten months reviewing youth provision in the city. The hard-hitting report that resulted highlighted a woeful state of under-funding, poor contracts for youth workers, lack of training and bad run-down facilities.
The report noted that the average spending per 13 to 19-year-old for youth services nationally is #100 a year.
In Birmingham, the average figure is #61.13 with spending in some wards as little as #29.
Birmingham also falls way below the recommended number of youth workers of one per 400, according to the report. The proportion in the city is one per 1,000.
In the report preface, Coun Corns wrote: "It is our belief the youth service in Birmingham has been the poor relation of all our services and it has been under-resourced for many years.
"Nationally recognised figures for funding a youth service are nearly twice what are spent in our city. That average must suggest that somewhere our investment in young people is, and has been, an embarrassment."
The report, entitled Involving Young People, highlighted the inadequate quality of youth services in many instances.
One study found the basement of a Ladywood health centre being used as a youth club in which youngsters only had access to a mini-sized pool table while a full-sized one was reserved for adults.
At another club, youngsters had to go out in the street and walk around the building because they were not allowed to use an "adults only" connecting door.
In passing the report, the council has agreed to its recommendations to deliver a plan to "address the key issues relating to resourcing the youth service" detailed in the report by January 2007.
Coun Corns claimed boosting funding on youth services would pay for itself in the long run through a reduction in investment related to criminal activity. "The Government has to find this money. There is so much put into post-offending. If we start giving kids a better opportunity and meet their aspirations then we will need to spend less on this."
Coun Les Lawrence, (Con Northfield), cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: "The review group wished to highlight a number of key resource issues, and the report gave a number of recommendations with associated completion dates.
"The next step is to produce the action plan to facilitate the implementation of the necessary actions against the agreed dates."