Young people, we need you

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We’re looking for young people to nominate themselves to join Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) and be the voice of Epping Forest’s young people.

If you’re aged 12 to 17 and want to ensure young people’s views are listened to and want to be at he heart of decision-making, EFYC is for you.

Youth councillor Annabelle Yaman with Youth Engagement Officer Diane Gilson-Butler at Epping St Johns School promoting the upcoming youth council elections

What do I need to do to join?

First, you need to win your school election. Elections are being held in the district’s secondary schools and Epping Forest College between 22 January and Friday 9 February 2018.

Each school will have 2 Youth Council seats as well as 5 independent seats for candidates who either attend school or college outside the district, or are excluded from school, or being home educated or working.

The election results will be announced live online on 27 March 2018

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to be enthusiastic, reliable and have a desire to make a difference in your school and community.

You will be elected for a 2 year term and will be required to attend 2 evening meetings a month in Epping.

Successful candidates will be trained to develop their skills in public speaking, debating, presenting and teamwork. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and gain experience to help you in the future.

How do I nominate myself?

Nominations close Friday 16 February 2018. There are 2 ways to nominate yourself to stand as a Youth Councillor

  1. complete the online nomination form

  2. complete the nomination form on page 8 of the Epping Forest Youth Council candidate information booklet (also available from your school, local library and Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices)

Get skills for life

“I’ve had an amazing 2 years being a youth councillor” said Epping Forest Youth Councillor Charley Brooks. “Every meeting I’m faced with different challenges to overcome.”

“I’ve met some amazing people and I now have skills for life that I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.”

Championing our young people

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

“I’m looking forward to working with the successful candidates, listening to what they have to say and helping them to make a difference to the lives of young people their age.”

Want more information

Contact Diane Gilson-Butler, Youth Engagement Officer