Youth Mayor for 2021/22
Eden Searle is the tenth Stevenage Youth Mayor. Eden is currently a student at Hills Road Sixth Form College and has previously attended Thomas Alleyne Academy in Stevenage. Eden is keen on making sure all young people feel they have a place and a voice in their community.
Eden has been a member of the Stevenage Scouts for over 10 years and the skills, memories and friendships from the camps, hikes, and activities are something she will cherish forever. Eden has a variety of other hobbies that include music, lacrosse, skateboarding and horse riding.
During her year as Youth Mayor, Eden would like to help break down the barrier for young people with additional needs who may not have the same experiences as others.
Eden will formally represent young people of the town in the role of ambassador and will work with Stevenage Youth Council to help promote the interests of young people regardless of ability, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and class.
What does the Youth Mayor do?
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.
The Youth Mayor directs the expenditure of a Local Youth Budget of £2,000 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.
Who can become the Youth Mayor for Stevenage?
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.
For information on the role of Stevenage Youth Mayor, Stevenage Youth Council or the Local Youth Budget, please call Community Development on 01438 242446 or email, Youth.Mayor@stevenage.gov.uk.