02 November 2011

The results of a countywide election of young leaders in Northamptonshire will be announced tomorrow night (THURS 3rd NOV).

A total of 12 young people have put themselves forward to be elected members of the county’s Young Leader team – an initiative run by Northamptonshire County Council with Connexions Northamptonshire and the county’s Children and Young People’s Partnership Board.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Northamptonshire and is aged 13-19 (or 20-25 with additional needs) was eligible to vote in the election.

Votes were cast online by young people from across the county during a six week election campaign run during September and October this year.

At the results event tomorrow, the names of the successful young people elected will be announced with the individual receiving the most votes overall becoming The Young Leader of the County.

Councillor Leader Jim Harker and the outgoing Young Leader Rachael Goulbourn will lead the event. Cllr Harker said: “When we launched this initiative a year ago, we wanted to give young people opportunities to see how the political system works, locally and nationally, and consider how they could bring about improvements for young people in the county.

“Throughout the year I have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment of the elected leaders who have been excellent ambassadors for their generation. I look forward to working with the new team who I’m sure will be just as talented and capable as those they take over from.”

All the elected young leaders will meet as a group six times a year and will be invited to attend county council meetings, the Children and Young Peoples Partnership Board area and shadow board meetings as well as attending and supporting key young people’s events.

The county young leader will also have additional opportunities to represent the county at various regional and national events during their term of office.

The Young Leaders project offers a real opportunity for the voice of young people to be heard and for issues and topics young people say are important to be openly considered and discussed.