Are you the next Stevenage Youth Mayor?

25 Jan 2016

Stevenage Borough Council is calling on young leaders to attend a Youth Mayor information event on Wednesday 3 February to find out how they can have their say on local issues in the town.

The event, which takes place at the council’s offices at Daneshill House 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.

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.

Youth Councillors and staff from Stevenage Borough Council and Youth Connexions will be able to answer your questions on the Youth Mayor role. All Youth Mayor Candidates will be required to gain consent from their parent/guardian to support their nomination to the Youth Mayor role.

Yvan Tiako, the current Youth Mayor, said: “Anyone considering to become Youth Mayor should have these three things: A passion for our town, an enthusiasm for young peoples interests, and a real commitment to being a positive influence in our community.

“With these things not only will you make a great Youth Mayor, but also someone who will inspire and influence many.”

There is no need to book a place at the Youth Mayor Information session, just turn up for the event on Wednesday 3 February from 5 to 6.30pm 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.

Once the nominations have been received, a hustings event will be taking place on 16 March from 5 to 6.30pm 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.