Young people: Stevenage needs you!

10 Jan 2017

Stevenage Borough Council is on the hunt for young leaders and is urging those who want to have their say on local issues to attend a Youth Mayor information event on Wednesday 18 January.

The event, which takes place at the Bowes Lyon Centre St George’s Way between 5 and 6.30pm, 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. The role is elected by young people aged 11 to 25 who live, work or study in Stevenage.

Stevenage Youth Mayor’s role represents young people across the borough and works alongside Stevenage Youth Council to promote the interests of young people. They also spend the Local Youth Budget of £3,300 on youth related community projects, organisations or charities in the area.

Emma Chapman, the current Youth Mayor, said: “For anyone thinking about nominating themselves for Youth Mayor, it’s an amazing opportunity to represent and be the voice of young people in Stevenage.

“I’ve met some amazing people, attended council meetings and civic events, and have used my Local Youth Budget to fund youth related projects that I’m passionate about.”

There is no need to book a place at the Youth Mayor Information session, just turn up for the event on Wednesday 18 January from 5 to 6.30pm at the council offices. Youth Councillors and staff from Stevenage Borough Council and Youth Connexions will be able to answer your questions on the Youth Mayor role. Candidates must get consent from their parent/guardian to support their nomination to the Youth Mayor role.

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.

Once the nominations have been received, a hustings event will be taking place on Wednesday 8 February. 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.