Stevenage’s youngest ever Youth Mayor announced

25 May 2016

Stevenage boasts one of the country’s youngest Mayors after 11-year-old Emma Chapman became the town’s new Youth Mayor yesterday evening.

Emma is the fifth Stevenage Youth Mayor, elected by young people to work alongside Stevenage Youth Council in promoting their interests in the town. To help do this, she will be responsible for allocating a Local Youth Budget of £3,300 on projects, organisations or charities suggested by other youngsters. Emma will also attend council meetings, take part in civic events and accompany the Mayor.
Emma is a pupil at Roebuck Primary School, where she is a House Captain and School Councillor. She is a talented musician and enjoys playing the violin. Emma is interested in using her time as Youth Mayor to provide more support for Stevenage's young carers.
Accepting the role of Stevenage Youth Mayor for 2016/17, Emma said: “It is a huge privilege for me to be Youth Mayor and represent young people in Stevenage. I can’t wait to get started and I have some exciting plans to share throughout the year. I’m looking forward to meeting other young people in Stevenage and hope we can make a difference together this year.”
Councillor Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “Young people in Stevenage are a key part of our community and I am pleased to welcome Emma into the role of Youth Mayor. She has some great ideas that will undoubtedly benefit young people in our town now and in the future. I look forward to working with her this year.”