Stevenage Youth Mayor announced

18 May 2017

Santino de Freitas was inaugurated as Stevenage’s sixth Youth Mayor at Wednesday’s Annual Council after being elected by young people from the town.

Santino, 14, will work alongside Stevenage Youth Council to promote the interests of young people in the town. To help do this, he will be responsible for allocating a Local Youth Budget of £3,300 to be spent on projects, organisations or charities suggested by other youngsters. Santino will also attend council meetings, take part in civic events and accompany the Mayor.

Santino is a pupil at The John Henry Newman School, and has been a member of Stevenage Youth Council since December 2015. As Youth Mayor, Santino hopes to help promote health and wellbeing and in particular raise awareness of the increasing number of under-18s who experience mental health disorders in Stevenage.

Accepting the role of Stevenage Youth Mayor for 2017/18, Santino said: "At least one child in 10 in Hertfordshire has a diagnosable mental health problem. Current support for children and young people is inadequate. I believe I can make a positive impact on helping the young people in Stevenage. Thank you to everyone for the support and for this huge opportunity."

Mr Mathew, Headteacher at John Henry Newman School, said: “The whole school is delighted for Santino and we wish him all the best for his year in office.”
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