Sheffield youngsters compete for youth council

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28 YOUNG people from across Sheffield will compete for 14 seats on Sheffield’s Youth Council tonight.

Voting took place earlier this month in schools, colleges and youth clubs across the city with over 70 vote boxes collected. The results will be announced at the event by Councillor Paul Scriven and the Lord Mayor, Councillor Alan Law JP at Sheffield Town Hall tonight.

Sheffield Youth Council acts as the voice for all young people in Sheffield. As an elected body members work to improve young people’s lives, their local facilities and aspects of the city they feel are important.

Councillor Paul Scriven said: “Getting involved in politics is all about trying to make a positive difference to your local area and your city. These Young Sheffielders are our future Councillors and MPs, and The Youth Council is all about giving young people the power to make a real difference. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone on the Sheffield Youth Council who gives their time to get involved in local democracy in the city.”

The event will also celebrate the success of the current Youth Council. Members will be presented with certificates, awards and accreditation for their past term of office.

Sheffield Youth Council is organised by the Children and Young Peoples Empowerment Project (CHILYPEP) on behalf of the 0-19 Partnership of Sheffield City Council. It was formed in 2007 with the first elections in 2009.

The current structure includes 14 young people elected from their Community Assemblies, 3 representatives from UK Youth Parliament and 12 ‘specialist seats’ for young people the Youth Council feel are underrepresented. This includes young people who have experienced care, young carers, LGBT young people, BME young people, refugees and asylum seekers and young people with disabilities.

The Council meet on a weekly basis and work in action groups on their chosen priorities. Over the past year, the work they have completed has helped shape the improvements of citywide issues including bullying, youth provision, the environment, mental health, crime and transport.