Youth Mayor nomination deadline looms

Lambeth needs a new Youth Mayor and the message to our young people is could it be you?

A Youth Mayor operates like an ordinary mayor but specifically for young people. He or she represents the views of young people and has a direct say in how services for young people are delivered.

The Youth Mayor will oversee a budget of £25,000 for youth projects in the borough as well as being a spokesperson for young people in Lambeth.

It’s now time to elect a new Youth Mayor, as well as a new Lambeth representative for the UK Youth Parliament. The first step is the nomination of candidates and the closing date for getting your nomination in is 15 January.

If you believe that you can make a difference, and would like to put your ideas into practice, you should think about putting your name forward.

“It’s great that young people are represented through Lambeth Council. If you know what matters to young people in Lambeth, stand up and be counted in the Youth Mayor and UK Youth Parliament Elections,” said Councillor Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council.

More than 7,000 young people voted in last years’ elections and chose Samuel Manley as Youth Mayor and Andrew Short as UK Youth Parliament representative.

Anybody aged between 11 and 19-years-old who lives, works or studies in the borough is eligible to vote.

“We need to find a Youth Mayor who has the passion, drive and determination to represent other young people in Lambeth and help Lambeth Council make services for young people better, ” said Councillor Reed.

The celebrity face for this year’s campaign is Brixton-based chart star Mpho Skeef, best known for her recent pop single “Box in Locks”. A Lambeth resident, she is interested in political issues.

To ask for a nomination or to find out more, ring Lambeth Youth Council on 02079262192 or email youthmayor@lambeth.gov.uk.

You can download a nomination form at www.youthmayor4lambeth.com



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