If you don’t have a Young Mayor in your area at the moment and you’re interested in having one, we have created some simple steps:
1) Adult Mayor – Young Mayors only really work where there is an adult version, so you need to check this out as the first step. The adult Mayor might be directly elected or the councillor might elect one of themselves at a council meeting to become the mayor.
2) Local research – Do some research into the ways that young people in your area are currently represented. Important questions to ask include:
- Is there a youth council and how is it structured?
- Do you have UK Youth Parliament representatives?
- How could a Young Mayor fit within existing structures such as those above?
3) Other Young Mayor schemes – What do other Young Mayors look like? Look at schemes that already exist using the profiles on this website, so you can get some ideas what might work in your area.
4) Ask other young people – Carry out a survey with other young people to find out what they think about young people having a say in their local area and how a Young Mayor could support that.
5) Meetings – Arrange to meet your Participation Worker to talk to them about your ideas and present what you’ve found out. Any potential Young Mayor scheme will rely on the support from Participation Workers so it’s important to involve them and hear their ideas and feedback.
6) Funding – Consider what funding you will need to make it happen.
7) Meetings – Arrange to meet your Councillor to talk to them about your ideas and present what you’ve found out. Any potential Young Mayor scheme will be stronger with the support of local Councillors so it’s important to involve them and hear their ideas and feedback.
8) Get support – Start a petition to get support for the idea.
9) Present your case – You could also ask if you could present your case for a Young Mayor to your school assembly, local youth group or council meeting. This will enable you to get feedback to strengthen your case.
10) Media – If you need to get extra support to make it happen, try writing to your local newspaper to get publicity.