Tens of thousands of young people will get a taste of local democracy and a new ambassador when London’s largest youth population elects its first young mayor next spring.
With more children and young citizens than anywhere else in the capital – including approximately 40,000 residents aged 11-18 – Croydon’s young mayor election is set to be among the most exciting London has seen.
Voting will be open to young people aged 11-18, while candidates will be required to be aged 16-18 and live, work or study in Croydon. All those standing for election will prepare a written manifesto and run a local campaign with the support of their friends and volunteers.
The winning candidate will serve a fixed term and work with other young people to manage a budget that will benefit local voluntary sector groups. They will be elected on a manifesto and be supported in their role by the Mayor of Croydon, senior councillors and council officers. Any young people standing will also get an opportunity to be part of the local youth forums and other youth voice groups.
As part of its youth engagement strategy Croydon Council is also strengthening the roles of its existing youth cabinet and forums. They will work closely with the new mayor, raising the profile of young people in local decision-making. The council’s cabinet approved the strategy and the plan for a young mayor at last night’s meeting.
“With more young people than any other area in London and a fantastically diverse community, Croydon’s young mayor election promises to be really exciting.
“It will place our young people firmly at the heart of local democracy by empowering them to choose their own representative, who can be a real voice for them and raise the profile of issues that matter to them.
“With so many talented, enthusiastic and hardworking young people in our borough, I know the successful candidates will be an inspiration for residents of all ages, not only for young people they represent.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning