Stevenage Youth Mayor for 2018/19 announced

24 May 2018

Ugonna Umunnakwe was inaugurated as the next Stevenage Youth Mayor at Wednesday’s Annual Council, after being elected by young people from the town. Ugonna – known as Ugo – who is 15, will spend the next 12 months working with his fellow Stevenage Youth Council members 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. Ugo will also attend council meetings, take part in civic events and accompany the Mayor.

Ugo goes to The John Henry Newman School and, in his spare time, volunteers as a St John Ambulance Cadet. As Youth Mayor, he wants to provide more opportunities for young people to speak out and make informed decisions about issues that concern them.

Accepting the role of Stevenage Youth Mayor for 2018/19, Ugo said: "My aim as Youth Mayor is to address what I think are the main concerns of young people, focussing especially on education and crime. I have been granted a great opportunity to make a positive impact on young people: they have trusted to represent them and I will not let them down."

Cllr Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Ugo into the role of Youth Mayor. Young people have an important role to play in the life of our town – now and in the future – and Ugo has some good ideas about how they can increase their involvement and influence. I look forward to working with him this year.”

Mr Mathew, Headteacher at John Henry Newman School, said: “We are very pleased for Ugonna and I am sure that he will do a wonderful job for the local community.”