Mansfield Youth Mayor
Mansfield's new Youth Mayor for 2012/13 is Jessica Wells, who is 16 and from The Manor Academy.
She will be supported by Lucy Fretwell who is 16 and from Samworth Church Academy, who takes up the new post of Youth Ambassador.
From her manifesto and in her term of office Jess will strive to:
increasing work experience opportunities for young people aged 14-18
- work with businesses to run master-classes to help young people write CVs and apply for jobs and to support students to apply their business studies qualifications to real-life situations
- encourage older students and business leaders to mentor younger students
- supporting our local troops by promoting the Cadets
- developing the idea of a youth bar in Mansfield
- working with schools to improve sex education and drug awareness
- promoting youth clubs
Jessica says: "I decided to run for Youth Mayor because as I have grown up in Mansfield there are things that I'd like to change to benefit my generation.
I will work very hard to succeed in every challenge put in my path and to try to get as much done as possible in the short time I have."
Youth Ambassador Lucy said: "I am here to support Jessica in any way that I can and as a post-16 student I feel I have both the personal experience and views to help with the Youth Mayor's manifesto."
Jessica and Lucy will represent young people in the District and take their voice to the Mayor, Members and Officers of the Council and other community organisations.
They will act as ambassadors for Mansfield at various conferences and as role models for their peers across the District.
The Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton, said:
"We are delighted that in Jessica and Lucy we have two students who are enthusiastic and determined to help make a difference to the young people of the Mansfield District and have much to bring to their roles.
I look forward to working with them over the coming year."
This is the 5th year that Mansfield will have a Youth Mayor. Jessica and Lucy take over from the previous Youth Mayor Daniel Winfield and Deputy Youth Mayor Dawn Meade.
Youth Voice (Issue 1) is now available to download from the related media section on the right hand side of this page.
Jessica and Lucy will attend the MDC Remembrance Service in November, and will lay a wreath on behalf of the young people of Mansfield at the memorial at the Civic Centre. A remembrance service will then be held at St Peter's church.
Mansfield Christmas Light Switch On
Jessica and Lucy will both attend the Mansfield Christmas Light Switch-On event in November with the Mayor, Tony Egginton.
Civic Carol Service
Jessica and Lucy will attend the Civic Carol Service in December at St Peter's Church. Lucy will do a reading and then meet members of the congregation afterwards while refreshments are being served.