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Candidates wanted for Young People’s Council

Published on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

YOUNG people who want to have their say on local issues are being invited to stand for election to the city’s Young People’s Council (YPC).


The YPC, which has 42 seats, represents the views of young people from across the city, including children in care and disabled young people.


It forms part of the council’s scrutiny process, ensuring young people get the chance to participate in local decision-making.


Young people aged 11-19 are now being invited to stand as candidates for the forthcoming election.


YPC members serve a two-year term of office and meet regularly to discuss decisions Leicester City Council is due to make. Young people can stand for election in the neighbourhood they live in, or where they go to school or attend a youth centre.


The current YPC has been involved in some hugely successful work, including developing films on the dangers of knife crime and telling world leaders what sort of issues they’d like to see discussed at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.


You don’t need any previous experience or special skills to put yourself forward – you just need to be passionate about representing other young people and making positive changes to our neighbourhoods and communities.


Last time around, in 2016, the YPC elections attracted 11,000 votes from young people.


Current Young People’s Council member Brahmpreet Kaur Gulati, 17, said: “Being part of the Young People’s Council has been a real highlight for me. I remember coming in as a timid, quiet young person, but over the four years I have been involved with the council, I have become more confident and ambitious. I have learnt so much more about public speaking and planning, and have been able to put these skills to good use – all whilst making friends and having fun!”


Deputy city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools Cllr Sarah Russell said: “The members of the current Young People’s Council have been absolutely incredible – they’ve had a real impact. I look forward to meeting and working with those who are elected this year.”


Registration closes on 16th February and the city-wide election goes live on Feb 26th, with voting taking place in schools, colleges and youth centres for about a week.


Successful candidates are sworn in at a special event at Leicester’s City Hall.


For more information or an application pack, contact or call 07710 148 497.