12 July 2010

The first young leader for Northamptonshire will be announced at a celebration evening tomorrow night (July 13th).

A total of 22 young people have put themselves forward to be the county’s first young leader – an initiative run by Northamptonshire County Council.

This scheme is the first of its kind and encouraged all young people aged 16 to 19 years to get involved for their chance to be elected as a young leader.

Anyone who lives, work or study in Northamptonshire and are aged 13 – 19 (or 20 – 25 with additional needs) were eligible to vote.

Votes were cast online and by paper ballot at participating schools, colleges, youth groups and Connexions offices throughout the county.

At the results event tomorrow the names of seven young leaders elected to represent each district and borough of Northamptonshire will be announced, with the one with the most votes becoming the leader.

The evening will be opened by the director for children and young people at the county council, Paul Burnett, with cabinet member for children and young people Cllr Andrew Grant and deputy leader Cllr Joan Kirkbride announcing the winners and giving a closing speech.

Additional information:

All the elected young leaders will meet six times a year and will be invited to attend the Children and Young People’s Partnership Shadow Board.

The overall young leader will be invited to attend selected meetings of the county council’s full council, scrutiny committees, Children and Young People’s Partnership Board and other relevant meetings. They will also be invited to speak at full council.

Connexions has been awarded the contract for one year as a pilot and its youth involvement team will be supporting the young people.