Derby's Youth Mayor

The role of the Youth Mayor is to represent young people and Derby City Council at events across the city and support the Mayor where appropriate.

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Who are Derby's Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor?

This year's Derby Youth Mayor is Frederico Almeida and the Deputy Youth Mayor is Sonja Sebastian. They were elected on 12 February 2018 and will be in office for one year.

What is the role of Youth Mayor?

The Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor for Derby help raise awareness of the positive contribution young people make to our city and ensure their voices are heard. We want young people to be able to contribute to the development and delivery of public services and to play an active role in developing community cohesion. The Youth Mayor will have the opportunity to work with partners to extend opportunities for young people in our local areas.

Who can stand as Youth Mayor?

Any young person can stand for Youth Mayor as long as:

  • they live in Derby
  • are between the ages of 11-19 or up to 25 if you are a disabled young person
  • are a member of the Voices in Action (ViA) Youth Council and
  • have the permission of their parent/carer and school/college/training provider.

How do I apply to stand for Youth Mayor?

The announcement of the new Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor took take place on 12 February 2018.

To find out more about joining the Voice in Action Youth Council or about the Youth Mayor elections, call Adele Styles on 01332 643471, minicom 01332 640666, or email

How does the voting take place?

  • It is the decision of each Secondary School which three candidates can submit their application forms
  • The three application forms from each school are short listed to one candidate by a selection panel including the current Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor
  • Selected candidates then deliver a five minute speech and the Voices in Action Youth Council vote for who they feel should progress
  • The successful candidates video clips are then shown in each Secondary School for students to vote for who they would like to be the next Youth Mayor
  • The announcement for the next Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor takes place in the Council Chamber in February each year.

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