It’s that time of year again – Young Mayor election fever has hit Tower Hamlets!+
14 to 17 year olds who live, work or study in the borough have just a few weeks to submit their nominations if they think they have what it takes for the role.
Over the past few years, the elections have been a massive success in getting young people interested in politics and local democracy. Last year, a record number of nominees put themselves forward and 50% of young people voted, topping the adult vote rate in the local elections.
The Young Mayor and deputies represent the young people of Tower Hamlets and are overseen by the council’s Youth and Connexions Service. They play an important role in ensuring that key decision makers listen to the views of local young people.
The Young Mayor team also represent the borough on a regional and national level – working with young people in similar roles across the country through the UK Youth Parliament and British Youth Council.
Over the next few months, the Young Mayor nominees will be put through their paces with a series of sessions and tasks. The final election will take place in secondary schools, Idea Stores and youth clubs in January 2011.
Landry Adelard, current Young Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “Being the Young Mayor has been a great experience and different to what I expected. I’ve realised that I can’t change the world but it’s opened a lot of doors for me and I’ve met so many young people who have inspired me.
I’d encourage everyone who is interested to nominate themselves, regardless of who they are. People doubted me and said I couldn’t win this time last year but I’ve shown that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”
Young people can visit www.amp.uk.net/youngmayor to find out what’s involved in being the Young Mayor and to download a copy of the nomination form or call 020 7364 3091 for details, or find information in their secondary school or youth club.
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