Epping Forest Youth Council elections

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Giving young people a voice to build a better future!

Are you in year eight or above (aged between twelve and seventeen), 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.

EFYC Elections photo

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 and 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

  • Enthusiasm
  • 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.

If you are interested in becoming a youth councillor, find out more at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/efyc

If you decide to stand as a youth councillor, complete the EFYC candidate information booklet and return it by Friday 14 October. Elections will take place in schools between Monday 31 October to Friday 11 November 2016. Election results will be declared on 16 November. If you wish to stand as an Independent candidate, your nomination form will be presented to a judging panel.

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.

If you want to find out more contact the Youth Council at efyc@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Make a difference for young people.

If you would like more information, please contact Diane Butler the Youth Engagement Officer:-

Tel: 01992 564365

Text: 07789 372179

Email: dbutler@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Look online: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/efyc