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What would you do with £25,000?

Members of Lambeth’s Youth Council have launched the 2011 Lambeth Youth Mayor’s Fund to support local youth projects, by canvassing young people in Brixton.

The Youth Mayor’s Fund is £25,000 which is available to help improve things to do and places to go for young people in Lambeth. Youth Council members handed out specially printed “Youth Mayor’s Fund” notes to highlight the initiative and get young people thinking about what project they would like to see nominated for an award.

Last year, Lambeth’s former Youth Mayor Darren Tenkorang used the Fund to support:

  • A sailing trip for young people working with the Flipside project in Brixton
  • A summer playscheme for young people at the Knights Youth Centre in Streatham
  • A youth club for LGBT young people based at the Terence Higgins Trust in Waterloo
  • A young peoples’ photography project based at the Old Library Centre in West Norwood
  • A young peoples’ film school based at Code 7 in Oval; and
  • A boxing club for students at Lambeth Academy school in Clapham

This year’s Youth Mayor, 16-year-old David Oyedele said: “After last year’s successful projects, we hope to move forward and progress with the year’s Fund. I would like to give the youth the opportunity to express their own ideas, and maximise the power and unity that young people have”.

The Fund is open to anyone aged 11-19, who lives or studies in Lambeth, and forms can be downloaded from the Youth Mayor’s website at http://www.YouthMayor4Lambeth.com.

Applications can be for any amount up to £6000, and must be supported by a local youth organisation (school, college, youth club, youth project or church).

The deadline for funding applications is 7 June 2011, and funding decisions will be announced on 7 July.

Cllr Pete Robbins, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “The Youth Mayor’s Fund gives young people in Lambeth a genuine chance to obtain funding for the projects that matter to them, and I hope as many young people as possible take the opportunity to have their say as to how it should be spent.

“Since the Youth Mayor scheme started in Lambeth I have been incredibly impressed at how many young people are keen to get involved in local democracy and influence the decisions that affect them and their friends. I wish David and his deputy Jacqueline the best of luck for the year ahead.”

For more information about the Fund visit http://www.YouthMayor4Lambeth.com, or contact Lambeth Youth Council on 07506 676 266.

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