The first Youth Mayor of Stevenage was elected by Stevenage Youth Council and was inaugurated at Annual Council on 23 May 2012.
The Youth Mayor attends council meetings and civic events, and accompanies the Mayor/Deputy Mayor at some youth-orientated engagements. The Youth Mayor also holds a non-voting seat at Stevenage Borough Council meetings.
Any young person who lives in Stevenage aged 11 to 19 years, or up to 25 if they have a learning difficulty or disability, can nominate themselves as a Youth Mayor candidate. The Youth Mayor is elected by young people from across the Borough and they will take up the role for one year.
The Youth Mayor will work with Stevenage Youth Council to help to promote the interests of young people regardless of ability, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and class.
The Youth Mayor will direct the expenditure of a Local Youth Budget of £3,300 to support a youth related community project, organisation, charity or local group with a recognised legal status or an unincorporated association with its own bank account. If the organisation does not have a bank account, the application will not be considered.
For more information on the Local Youth Budget, please call Jane Konopka on 01438 242558 or email email@example.com.