MK Council have announced plans for a Youth Mayor of Milton Keynes after councillors unanimously voted to create the new role.
The Youth Mayor will be elected by the Youth Cabinet which is made up of 36 local young people. Appointed for a one-year term, the Youth Mayor will represent young people of the city at civic events, including accompanying the Mayor of Milton Keynes to some engagements.
At the full council meeting on 19 Jan, councillors also approved the development of a youth democracy agenda and the possibility of creating the role of a Youth Democracy Champion role.
Over 14,000 local young people voted in the Youth Cabinet elections in 2019 and the group have been recognised for their efforts in campaigning on public safety and encouraging young people to vote.
The Youth Cabinet enables young people to use their energy and passion to change Milton Keynes for the better. It provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. Those interested in applying with the potential of becoming the Young Mayor should visit www.milton‐keynes.gov.uk/YCAB.
Mayor of Milton Keynes, Mohammed Khan said, “I’m immensely proud that we’re giving even more power to our young people who are often unrepresented to become involved with local democracy. Like many other councillors, having a Youth Mayor is something I’ve campaigned on for a long time. My thanks go out to all councillors who were involved with the process and voted for it. It’s an important step for young people in MK and I look forward to working with them more closely.”