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Youth Cabinet Elections...Taking Place Now!

TAKE PART – HAVE POWER

This is your chance to really get involved. Are you interested in representing the views of students in your school and in your local community?  Would you like to be able to ensure the voice of young people is heard by the decision makers both locally and nationally? Then why not stand for election in the forthcoming Youth Cabinet Elections.

Every two years, youth cabinet elections are held across Bedford Borough. This year we are looking for even more representatives to sit on the Borough Youth Cabinet. This year we are working with Middle, Upper, Special, Independent schools, ‘Connexions’ for young people not at school, the ‘Foyer’ for young people who live independently, and the ‘Children in Care Council’ for looked after children and young people.

Elections are taking place in 35 different schools and various settings throughout April and May 2010. If you would like to stand for election in your school or setting, you need to be between 11 - 18 years-old, and live, or go to school, in the Bedford Borough.

Once we've got your form we'll be in touch about attending an information session so you can find out more about what it is about, get some tips on campaigning, and let you know when the election is due to take place in your school or setting.

Alban Middle School was the first school to hold their election in March, with 12 candidates putting themselves forward and 222 votes being cast to elect their ward members at the Alban Middle polling station.

Youth Cabinet members have the chance to work together to improve the lives of young people who live or go to school in the borough.  Over the last two years, youth cabinet members have:

Organised a youth conference attended by 60 young people

Worked with the council to develop eXpand - a scheme where young people can access free transport to youth activities and events

Taken part in residential courses

Had training on topics such as diversity, autism awareness, basic sign language, presentation skills

Met with Chief Executives, directors, senior managers, the Mayor and Councillors from a range of organisations like the police, NHS, schools and the council to discuss issues

Represented Bedford Borough at regional and national meetings, events and residentials

Once the all the elections have taken place, Bedford Borough Youth Cabinet will also elect two representatives to sit on the UK Youth Parliament and look at national and regional issues that affect young people.

The Bedford Borough Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) and Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DMYP) will also sit on the Borough Children's Trust Board.

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