Nominations are now open for London’s largest youth population to elect their first Young Mayor, giving them a new ambassador and placing them at the heart of local democracy.

With more young people living in Croydon than anywhere else in the capital, the successful candidate will represent 1 in 20 young Londoners, making the Croydon Young Mayor election among the most exciting in the country. It is the latest initiative in Croydon Council’s Choose Your Future campaign, which is about empowering young people and encouraging them to make positive life choices.

Voting will be open to young people aged 11-18, while candidates will be required to be aged 14-17 on 31 August 2018. 

Candidates must have the support of their headteacher or manager at work (schools can support a maximum of two nominees). They will also need at least 30 signatures from young people aged 11-18 who live in Croydon, or attend school or work in the borough, in support of their application. All those standing for election will prepare a written manifesto and run a local campaign with the support of their friends and volunteers, with guidance from council officers.

The winning candidate will serve a fixed term and work with other young people to manage a budget that will benefit local voluntary sector groups. They will be supported in their role by the Mayor of Croydon, senior councillors and council officers. Any young people standing will also get an opportunity to be part of local youth forums and other youth voice groups. For more information.