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Who can stand as a youth councillor?

Islington Youth Council

You must be aged 13-17 to stand for election

You must either live or go to school in Islington, or if you are looked after by a foster carer, they must be a foster carer for Islington Council.

You must be committed to spending at least five hours a week on your role as a youth councillor, young mayor or deputy young mayor.

To be a youth councillor, you need to be enthusiastic, committed, and passionate about the issues you want to campaign about. You will need to give up to five hours a week of your free time in term time plus time in the holidays to attend meetings and events, most of these will be in the evening and at weekends. You will need to be able to juggle your school work and other commitments and hobbies with your role as a youth councillor.

What’s in it for me?

If elected as a youth councillor, you will have the opportunity to learn lots of new skills, and gain experience that will help you in your future career.

As a youth councillor you will learn about:

  • local democracy and decision making
  • public speaking
  • running campaigns
  • your own skills and how you may want to develop these
  • working as part of a team to bring about a shared goal
  • how to influence and persuade decision makers

Along the way you’ll be fully supported with lots of help and training.

If you want to get a head start on your future, then think about becoming a youth councillor. It will look great on your CV and will be useful for applications for further and higher education, training and jobs.

What support will youth councillors receive?

Candidates receive a campaign resource pack.

They also undergo a three hour training session, which will cover:

  • devising campaign and contingency plans (which will include possible problems to consider and how to overcome these)
  • understanding what positive campaigning is
  • thinking of creative ideas to canvass for support, such as attending school assemblies, flash mobs, and using social media, such as Instagram and Twitter

Youth Council elections take palce every two years.

The next election will take place in 2019