Hailsham’s next Youth Mayor nominations were officially launched on Tuesday, where young people aged 16-17 who live in Hailsham and complete an online nomination form will be eligible to become Youth Mayor.
Hailsham Town Council established the post of Youth Mayor two years ago in partnership with Hailsham Community College. Chelsie McIntosh was the first Youth Mayor for the town in May 2012 and subsequently Musta Rahman in May 2013, who currently serves as Youth Mayor.
Young people have representation via the Hailsham Youth Council, which was re-launched by the town council four years ago, but the council said the Youth Mayor role provides a focus and an additional channel for young people’s views to be heard by decision makers in the local community.
Musta Rahman, 18, will officially hand over the role to the newly elected Youth Mayor for the 2014/15 civic year at the town council’s Annual General Meeting, at the town council’s offices in Market Street on May 28 from 7.30pm.
The closing date for all entries is May 2.
Nominees will need to complete a form including a photo and statement about why they should become Youth Mayor and be able to provide the names, addresses and signatures of ten young people aged 11-17 years who support your nomination.
Forms are available to download from www.hailsham-tc.gov.uk and are also available in hard copy from Hailsham Community College and the Town Council offices. Voting via ballot boxes (town council offices and Hailsham Community College) will take place from May 12 to May 23. The results will be announced on May 26.