Don’t follow the crowd, lead it
The search to elect Islington’s next Youth Council launches today (Friday 1 September), giving young people the chance to represent thousands of their peers across the borough.
If you are aged between 13 and 17, live or go to school in Islington, or are looked after by the council, you can nominate yourself to become a youth councillor.
Every two years, 12 youth councillors are elected to represent Islington’s young people. It is a great opportunity to have a say and help make the borough a better place for young people to grow up.
A youth councillor’s role is to make sure the views of young people across the borough are heard, influence local policy and play an active role in designing and commissioning youth services.
They also work with the council and its partners on issues and decisions that affect young people, help decide how money is spent on services, and aim to improve the range and quality of activities on offer.
If you are interested in becoming a youth councillor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to collect an application pack from 222 Upper Street, or get details and book a place on one of the information sessions that will be taking place across the borough in September.
Once you have your pack, you must complete all the forms and return them by hand to 222 Upper Street on Wednesday 18 October only, between 8am and 6pm.
Successful applicants must then attend a compulsory campaign training session at Lift Youth Hub on Monday 23 October, between 9.30am and1pm.
The election takes place on Wednesday 29 November, with the results announced the following day.
Last time, a record 5,188 votes were cast and the council is keen to see even more young people turn out and vote this year.
Find out more about Islington Youth Council and how you can get involved