So what is a Young Mayor all about? What do they do?
What is the YMN? And what do all these words mean?!
Hopefully we've answered some of your questions right here...
The Young Mayor scheme was pioneered in Middlesbrough in 2002.At a point where voter apathy was at its highest since the Second World War, these elections were designed to introduce young people to democratic participation at an early age, as well as empowering young people to influence decisions made about them.
Lewisham was the first London Borough to establish a Young Mayor Programme. It is now well into its sixth successful year and going strong!
Since its inception, the idea has been taken up by a number of other local authorities and there are now more than ten democratically elected Young Mayors in England, representing young people in their areas aged between 11 and 18. Each has a popular mandate, a real budget and a clear representational role.
Put simply, a Young Mayor is a young person who is elected by other young people to represent them.
For more info on what a Young Mayor is, please contact Darren Matthews on 020 7332 2646
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