Published: 10:25 PM, 30 September 2023
Tower Hamlets Council is calling for young people aged 13 to 17 to apply to become the next Young Mayor or part of the deputy team.
The Young Mayor and deputies are the voice of young people in the borough, and they work closely with other local young people and services to understand their issues and raise concerns.
To be eligible to apply, young people must be between the ages of 13 and 17 and must live, work and study in Tower Hamlets. No experience is required to stand as the young mayor or team – but it is important that applicants are passionate about representing others.
Young people can submit their application via the council website before 1 October 2023: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/education_and_learning/young_people/young_mayor.aspx
The current Young Mayor, Tahmid Hussen, said:
“I’ve considerably developed confidence and self-esteem during my term. Interacting with different types of people from all ages has helped me become a much more outgoing individual in a professional setting."
Lutfur Rahman, Executive Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“Applying to become the next Young Mayor or part of their deputy team is a brilliant opportunity for young people to have their voice heard and make a real difference in the borough.
“The scheme enables young people to get involved in a number of different areas that affect them, including youth forums, influencing, steering strategic decisions, attending and organising events, and much more.”
Cllr Maium Talukdar, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education, Youth and Lifelong Learning, said:
“The Young Council scheme is a chance for young people to develop a variety of skills, including, leadership, confidence, and communication skills.
“Through getting involved in numerous projects, the scheme opens many doors for young people to become the next generation of decision makers in Tower Hamlets.”