Youth Council seeks candidates

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Do you want to be part of a team that represents Epping Forest’s young people?

We’re looking for 25 young people aged 12 to 17 to nominate themselves to be a Youth Councillor in the upcoming Epping Forest Youth Council elections.

Head Girl Lisa Nakimuli, Head Boy Adam Freeman and Youth Councillor Hazel Towns

Epping Forest Youth Council brings you many opportunities

  • it is a great experience
  • it’s great for your CV (employers and universities expect to see voluntary experience – according to a survey 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with voluntary experience over one without)
  • you will learn new skills
  • make new friends
  • get to know your community
  • and attend high-profile events

Photos at King Harold Academy

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Championing the views of young people

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “We’re very proud of our Youth Council. They do fantastic work championing the views of young people in the Epping Forest district.”

“Young people who want to apply don’t need any special skills or previous experience – they just need to be passionate about the issues that affect them.”

Get yourself a candidate application pack now

Youth Councillor Hazel Towns said: “I would definitely recommend to other young people to consider standing for election, you won’t regret it! If you believe you’re up to the challenge and want to make a real difference in your community, get yourself a candidate application pack now.”

Nomination form

To stand as a Youth Councillor either

  • complete the online nomination form

  • or complete the nomination form on page 8 of the Epping Forest Youth Council candidate information booklet (available from your school or local library)

Nominations close Friday 14 October 2016.

About the Youth Council elections

Elections will take place in the district’s secondary schools and Epping Forest College between Monday 31 October and Friday 11 November 2016. Each school will have 2 Youth Council seats and there’s 5 independent seats for candidates who either attend school or college outside the district, or are excluded from school, home educated or even working.

Our youth councillors are elected for a 2 year term and are required to attend 2 evening meetings a month at our civic offices in Epping. Successful candidates will be trained to develop their skills in public speaking, debating, presenting and teamwork.

Want more information

Contact Diane Butler, Youth Engagement Officer