Mansfield Youth Mayor
Could you be Mansfield's next Youth Mayor?
We have launched our Youth Mayor campaign for 2014/15 and are currently looking for someone special to be Mansfield's next Youth Mayor.
What do you need to run for Youth Mayor?
In order to run for Youth Mayor you must be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2014 and you must be a Mansfield District resident (i.e. your household must pay Council Tax to Mansfield District Council.) If you are interested in running for Youth Mayor you must return the Youth Mayor Candidate Nomination Form (available to download on this page) to Community Engagement, Mansfield District Council, Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, NG19 7BH by no later than Monday 23 June. You will also need to be available on 1 and 2 July for two training sessions. If you are currently a pupil at a school in the Mansfield District you can encourage your school to get involved and put you forward as a candidate. A candidate pack is available to download on this page which gives you information about what is involved in being Youth Mayor.
What's in it for you?
Being Youth Mayor could:
- Improve your CV
- Improve your job prospects
- Help you get a college or university place
- Build your confidence
- Get your views across
- Help you make a difference to your town
- Represent thousands of other young people across Mansfield
- Receive full training and support
- Decide how you want to improve things for young people
- Take part in an exciting election campaign
- Boost your profile across the town
- Have the opportunity to appear on radio or TV
- Have the opportunity to make appearances at local events
- Have the opportunity to travel to the USA to represent Mansfield.
If this sounds appealing please contact Sioned Dolan on 01623 463 372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Mansfield's current Youth Mayor
Mansfield's current Youth Mayor for 2013/14 is Tanna Nita (16) of Samworth Church Academy. Tanna is supported by Deputy Youth Mayor Tom Richardson (17) of Manor Academy and Youth Ambassador Jade Booker (17) of Queen Elizabeth's Academy.
Tanna received 1,057 first preference votes and 321 second choice votes - a total of 1,378. Tom received 982 first preference votes and 362 second choice votes - a total of 1,344. Jade received 827 first preference votes. The total voter turn-out was 2,943.
Tanna, Tom and Jade 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.
Tanna said: "I'm really pleased to have been elected as Mansfield's new Youth Mayor. I'm really looking forward to working towards delivering the objectives set out in my manifesto."
Tanna plans to:
- raise awareness of the Cadet Forces amongst young people
- improve the skate park by creating a sheltered area which can be used when it rains
- promote outdoor activities to encourage young people to try new things and gain new experiences
- create a better image for the young people of Mansfield and improve communications between generations
Deputy Youth Mayor Tom Richardson said: "I'm happy to have been elected as Deputy Youth Mayor and I'm looking forward to the year ahead."
Youth Ambassador Jade Booker added: "I'd like to congratulate Tanna and Tom in their success and I look forward to working with them over the next year."
The Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton, said: "All three candidates have much to bring to youth democracy in Mansfield and I congratulate them all on their campaigns. I look forward to seeing Tanna, Tom and Jade progress their manifestos over the next year.
"I strongly believe that young people should be given a voice - the Youth Mayor programme helps to bridge the democratic deficit in promoting participation in the election and allowing the youth voice to be heard. I'm pleased that so many young people voted and have had experience of casting their vote in preparation for when they vote in an adult election."
This is the 6th year that Mansfield will have a Youth Mayor. Tanna, Tom and Jade take over from the previous Youth Mayor Jessica Wells and Youth Ambassador Lucy Fretwell.
You can keep up to date with what the Youth Mayor and Youth Ambassador are doing on their Facebook page - just search for Mansfield Youth Mayor.