Candidates still have time to submit their application to become Croydon’s first ever Young Mayor before nominations close on Monday 5 Feb 2018.
With more under-18s living in Croydon than any other borough in the capital, the successful candidate will represent 1 in 20 young Londoners, giving them a voice on the issues that matter to them.
Election information and candidate nomination packs are available at www.croydon.gov.uk/youngmayor. Candidates are required to be aged 14-17 on 31 August 2018. They will need at least 30 signatures from young people aged 11-18 who live in Croydon, or attend school or work in the borough in support of their application. Voting will be open to young people aged 11-18.
All those standing for election will prepare a written manifesto and run a local campaign with the support of their friends and volunteers, with guidance from council officers.
Polling day will be 13 March 2018, with the successful candidate announced on 15 March.
The Young Mayor 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 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.
“If you want to stand in Croydon’s first ever Young Mayor election, make sure you get your application in before the deadline. This is a fantastic opportunity to choose your future – be a voice for young people and make a real difference.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning
This the latest initiative in Croydon Council’s Choose Your Future campaign, which aims to give the borough’s young residents a voice and encourage them to make positive life choices.