Youth Mayor election process gets underway in Stevenage
25 January 2017
Young people from across Stevenage met last week for an information evening about the election of the next Youth Mayor. This signalled the start of the Youth Mayor election process to decide on who takes over the position from the current Stevenage Youth Mayor Emma Chapman.
The event, held by the Stevenage Youth Council and Youth Connexions Hertfordshire at the Bowes Lyon Centre in Stevenage, was an opportunity to find out more about the process and encourage more young people to get involved in local democracy and decision making processes.
Current Youth Mayor Emma Chapman
The next part of the process is the election hustings on 8th February, at which candidates in the election address potential voters.
This will take place at Stevenage Borough Council offices and it is an opportunity for candidates to tell everyone why they are standing and why young people should vote for them. Photos and videos of their presentation will be recorded and voters will be able to watch them online at www.syc.me.uk
The elections take place from 8th March to 8th April and the successful candidate will be announced on 25th April. The Youth Mayor elect will be inaugurated at the Mayor Making Ceremony in the council chamber on 17th May at 7pm.
The Youth Mayor attends council meetings and civic events and accompanies the Mayor/Deputy Mayor at some youth-orientated engagements. They will also be part of the Civic Party and will visit Ingelheim in Germany from 25th to 29th May. They also hold a non-voting seat at Stevenage Borough Council meetings.
Any young person who lives in Stevenage and is aged 11 to 19 years, or up to 25 if you 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 holds the role for one year.
The Youth Mayor works with Stevenage Youth Council to help to promote the interests of young people regardless of ability, gender, religion, sexuality, ethnicity and class.