Derby's Youth Mayor

new Youth Mayor Frederico Almeida and Deputy Youth Mayor Sonja Sebastian with the outgoing Youth and Deputy Youth Mayor in the Council Chamber

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.

Group of young people jumping

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.

Closing date for applications for the next Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor is Friday 12 October 2018.

What is the role of the Youth Mayor?

The Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor help to raise awareness of the positive contribution young people make to our city and ensure their voices are heard.
Their role is to represent the voice of children and young people at:

  • the Council Cabinet
  • Children and Young people Scrutiny
  • public events.

They also chair Voices in Action Youth Council meetings and attend schools across the city to hear the voice of other children and young people in the city.

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
  • have the permission of their parent/carer and school/college/training provider.

How do I apply to stand for Youth Mayor?

Application for Youth Mayor is through your school.  

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.

It is the decision of each Secondary School which three candidates can submit their application forms.

How does the voting take place?

  1. Selected candidates deliver a five minute speech and the Voices in Action Youth Council vote for who they feel should progress.
  2. A videos of the speeches for the final candidates is shown in schools, where each student is given a ballot paper to vote for the candidate of their choice.
  3. The votes are then counted by Derby City Council.

The announcement of this year's Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor took take place on 12 February 2018.

Youth Mayor speech 2018

Watch the current Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayors' speeches.

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