Stevenage Youth Mayor announced

27 May 2015

The fourth Youth Mayor for Stevenage was inaugurated at last night’s Annual Council. Nineteen-year-old Yvan Tiako has been elected by the young people of Stevenage to represent them for the next 12 months.

As Youth Mayor, Yvan will attend council meetings alongside the chair of the Youth Council, take part in civic events and accompany the Mayor at youth focused engagements. As Youth Mayor, Yvan is responsible for directing the expenditure of the Local Youth Budget, which is currently £3,300 per year.

Having completed college, Yvan is now on a gap year and has been a member of Stevenage Youth Council since September 2013. One of the areas that Yvan is keen to promote during his time as Youth Mayor is the Youth Council’s work experience campaign that promotes the benefits of work experience and encourages local businesses and organisations to offer experience to young people in the town.

Accepting the role of Stevenage Youth Mayor for 2015/16, Yvan said, “Being Youth Mayor is a chance for me to give something back to a town that has given me so much. I do have ambitious plans for the year and hope that I can count on the support from my friends and fellow young people in Stevenage to help me achieve as much as I can.”

Councillor Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said, “I’m really pleased that Yvan had taken on the role of Youth Mayor. Young people have a key part to play in the future of Stevenage and Yvan’s got some great ideas that will benefit the young people of the town. I look forward to working with him this year.”