Youth Council Elections
Are you in year 8 or above (between 12 and 17), live in the Epping Forest district and want to give young people a voice in the community? If yes, the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) is looking for candidates like you to stand for election to be a Youth Councillor to represent young people in the Epping Forest district.
Youth Councillors are elected for two years. They are required to attend at least two evening meetings a month at the Civic Offices in Epping. They will also help to organise a community event with fellow Youth councillors. The Youth Councillors will be trained to develop skills in public speaking and giving presentations. Youth Councillors work alongside District Council staff as well as the adult Councillors. During their term of office, Youth Councillors will attend various community events and meetings and will take part in consultations about services for young people.
Epping Forest Youth Council is an elected group of non-party political young people. Formed in 2007, it was set up to involve young people in the decisions made by Epping Forest District Council on services and issues that affect their age group.
Epping Forest district secondary schools, Epping Forest College and the Sir Charles Kao Academy, will each have two Youth Council seats and there are three independent seats for candidates who either attend school or college outside the district, or are excluded from school, home educated or even working.
All you need is
- Commitment (for a two-year period)
- Some free time (for at least two meetings a month)
- The desire to make a difference in your school and in your community
- To be reliable
What’s in it for me?
Being a member of the Youth Council brings you many opportunities. It is a great experience for you, it is great for your CV (employers and universities expect to see voluntary experience and according to a survey 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with such experience over one without. In addition you will learn new skills, make new friends, get to know your community and will attend high-profile events.
Elections will take place in schools between Monday 31 October to Friday 11 November. Election results will be declared on 26 March. The candidate nomination form is currently being produced and an online form is being worked on however until this is published if you would like more information, contact Diane Butler the Youth Engagement Officer on 01992 564365, text 07789 372179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org