Stevenage Youth Mayor information session

04 Feb 2015

Stevenage Borough Council is inviting budding young leaders to find out how to have their say on local issues at an information event taking place on Wednesday 11 February between 5 and 7pm.

The event at the council’s offices at Daneshill House, is a chance for any young person living in Stevenage aged 11 to 19 (or up to 25 with a learning difficulty or disability) to find out how to get involved in local decision-making by nominating themselves to become the next Youth Mayor.

Stevenage Youth Mayor’s role is to represent young people across the borough and work alongside Stevenage Youth Council to promote the interests of young people regardless of ability, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and class. Each year they have a Local Youth Budget of £3,300, which can be used to support youth related community projects, organisations or charities in the area.

Shae Field, the current Youth Mayor said, “As Youth Mayor I’ve had the chance to represent young people in the town and influence issues that affect me. I’ve attended council meetings and civic events and have used my Local Youth Budget to fund youth related projects that I’m passionate about. For anyone thinking about nominating themselves for Youth Mayor, it’s an amazing opportunity to be the voice of young people of Stevenage.” 

Once the nominations have been received, a hustings event will be taking place on 11 March from 5 to 7pm at Stevenage Borough Council. This is a chance for those who have nominated themselves, to be offered support with their manifesto, which will explain why they should be elected as Youth Mayor. The role is elected by young people aged 11 to 25 who live, work or study in Stevenage.

There is no need to book a place at the Youth Mayor Information session, just turn up for the event on Wednesday 11 February from 5 to 7pm at the council offices. For more information on the Youth Mayor and the Youth Council, or to find out how to stand as a Youth Mayor candidate, contact the council’s Community Development Officer on 01438 242 913.

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