Kensington and Chelsea Youth Council

Postal vote registration now open deadline extended to Friday 6 March

Due to the high number of candidates from schools without polling stations, the deadline to register to vote in the Youth Mayor Election 2020 has been extended. The postal vote is only for you if you live in Kensington and Chelsea, but go to a school or college where you cannot vote, or if you study in another borough.

You can download a Postal Vote Registration Form at the bottom of this page. You will now need to return your registration form by 6 March. You will then be sent a ballot paper by 12 March. Your vote will then need to be sent to us in a pre-paid envelope by 19 March – we recommend you send it by 16 March to to make sure your vote counts.

Representing the views of young people in Kensington and Chelsea

Throughout this page, you'll be able to find out about the Youth Mayor, the Youth Council and all the other ways that young people can represent the views of their peers in Kensington and Chelsea including several different ways of how you can help to get involved. 

 

Youth Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea

The Youth Mayor is the elected representative of young people in the borough. Find out how they represent young people’s views to decision-makers in the local authority.

What is the Youth Mayor?

The Youth Mayor is the elected representative of all young people living and studying in Kensington and Chelsea, giving them direct access to decision-makers in the local authority.

What does the Youth Mayor do?

  • They act as the formal representative and spokesperson for the borough’s young people.
  • They provide a link to the borough’s Mayor, Lead Members and other decision-making bodies.
  • They are a member of the Youth Council and the Youth Forum Network. 
  • They work with the Youth Council and Youth Ambassador to manage the Youth Participation Fund budget of £40,000.

How is the Youth Mayor chosen?

By an annual democratic election run in partnership with schools, colleges and Youth Hubs

Everyone who stands for election becomes a member of the Youth Council. The candidates who come second, third and fourth in the election become Deputy Youth Mayor, Member of the UK Youth Parliament (MYP) and Deputy MYP

 

How to become the Youth Mayor of RBKC

Registration for candidates for the 2020 election has now closed. The next election will take place in Autumn 2021, so check back here next summer for up to date news. In the meantime, if you want to get involved, read about the Youth Forum Network and the Youth Participation Fund.

Voting and Campaigning

If you were aged between 11 and 19 years old on 1 September 2019 and live or study in the borough, you can vote. Find out if you how you can vote and how to choose your winner.

How do I vote?

For those attending most schools and colleges in Kensington and Chelsea, your one chance to vote will take place on Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 or Thursday 19 March at your place of study.

If you live in Kensington and Chelsea but go to a school or college where you cannot vote, or if you study in another borough, you will be able to vote by post. You can download a Postal Vote Registration Form located at the bottom of this page. You will need to return your registration form by 28 February, and you will need to send us your vote by 16 March.

How do I decide who to vote for?

All the candidates will write an election manifesto and film a video manifesto. You can read the manifestos and watch the videos on the Council website. Copies of the manifestos and videos will also be sent to schools, colleges and Youth Clubs.

 

Kensington and Chelsea Youth Council

The Youth Council is made up of all the candidates for Youth Mayor, plus other representatives of young people from across the borough. Find out what they do.

Who are the Youth Council?

Everyone nominated as a candidate for Youth Mayor becomes a member of the Youth Council. They are joined by representatives from other Youth Forums, in the borough including Care Leavers, Young Carers and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

What do the Youth Council do?

They have regular meetings at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall to discuss issues important to young residents of the borough.

They provide the young person’s point of view for service managers, policymakers and elected members on plans and strategies for service delivery.

They work with Youth Ambassadors to identify and support projects and activities that can be funded using the Youth Participation Fund.

 

Youth Forum Network

The Network provides another way for young people in Kensington and Chelsea to get their voices heard. Find out who’s involved and how it works.

What is the Youth Forum Network?

The Network is a much wider group of hundreds of young people, aged 11 to 19, living, working or studying in the borough, who want to have their voices heard.

Who are the Youth Forum Network?

It is made up of young people involved in a wide range of local groups, projects and activities. They may attend Youth Clubs and Community Projects. They may be involved in forums for target groups, such as Travellers or Refugees. They may be active in Neighbourhood Forums or taking part in volunteering initiatives. They may represent schools or college councils.

What does the Youth Forum Network offer young people?

  • The chance to influence key council decisions that affect the lives of young people in Kensington and Chelsea.
  • The opportunity to plan projects and run activities by bidding for funding from the Youth Participation Fund
  • A way of having a say that allows you to join in as much or as little as you like.                                                                                

 

Youth Ambassadors

These are older young people who want to stay involved and help young people have their say. Find out about their role.

Who are Youth Ambassadors?

Youth Ambassadors are older young people who have been involved in Youth Council and the Youth Forum Network and who want to stay involved in supporting youth participation.  

What do Youth Ambassadors do?

Youth Ambassadors help new Youth Mayors and Youth Council members to learn how to make the best use of their new role by passing on their own experiences.

They also act as Youth Commissioners by supporting the management of the allocation of Youth Participation Fund and advising the Youth Council. 

The Youth Participation Team want the Youth Ambassador role to become an accredited path into employment within the local authority and the local community.

 

Youth Participation Fund

A budget of £40,000 per year to fund projects and programmes planned and run by young people. Find out how to make the most of this money.

What is the Youth Participation Fund?

Every year £40,000 is made available to young people living and studying in Kensington and Chelsea to use to fund projects they plan and manage.

How does the Youth Participation Fund work?

Local young people, supported by a school, college, youth club or community group based in the borough, ​can bids for grants of up maximum of £2500 to fund projects and programmes that will benefit peers and the local community​.

There are two applications rounds per year, April to May and October to November. The applicants are supported by project training​ from the Youth Participation Team and Youth Ambassadors​.

Bids are to be judged by a panel of young people. Youth Ambassadors assess them and advise the Youth Council on which projects they think should be funded.

 

Member of UK Youth Parliament

What is the UK Youth Parliament?

Three hundred young people from all over the UK are elected in annual youth elections. They meet twice a year at the UK Youth Parliament Annual Sitting and the UK Youth Parliament House of Commons Sitting.

What do Members of UK Youth Parliament do?

  • They represent the concerns and needs of local young people to decision makers on a local, regional and national level.
  • They get involved in a variety of events projects and campaigns and meet local MPs, Government Ministers and Civil Servants.
  • They get the opportunity to attend between six and 10 regional meetings, as well as the two national meetings.
 

Please ensure you complete the Registration Form in the pack and send it to the Youth Participation Team by Friday 7 February 2020 to register as a candidate.

 

Download your Postal Vote Registration Form:

Download the form, read the guidance and, if you qualify, you can apply for a postal vote in the 2020 Youth Mayor election by completing and returning the form.

Youth Council 2020 Postal Vote Registration Form

 

Find out more?

Contact us:

Have a look at the UK Youth Parliament's web page