Young stars needed to represent Merton’s youth

Merton Council is on the look out for a group of passionate and enthusiastic young stars to form a team of young advisers who can represent and be the voice of Merton’s children and young people.

The team of young advisers will be responsible for speaking to young people in their respective areas about the issues that matter most to them and bringing these issues to the table of local politicians and council officers.

Any young person aged 13 to 19 years old who lives, works or studies in Merton can become a young adviser. All that is required is passion and a commitment to making a real difference to the lives of other young people the Merton.

Councillor Maxi Martin, cabinet member for children’s services said: “There has never been a more important time for young people to keep themselves informed of local and national changes that may affect them and to ensure they are represented and fully involved in local decision making processes.

We know that there are many young people in Merton who are passionate about the place they live and eager to make a real difference to the lives of other young people in the borough. We need these young stars to get involved and to help us to help the youth of today in Merton.”

Full training will be provided to all those interested to ensure the team are fully prepared for their role in representing Merton youth.

Young people have until Friday 14 January to register their interest in becoming a young adviser for Merton, with a full programme of training to start on 26 and 27 January 2011 at the Acacia Intergenerational Centre from 4pm to 7.30 pm.

Any young person interested in becoming a young adviser or wanting to find out more should visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/youngadvisers or email youth.participation@merton.gov.uk further information is also available on the Young Merton facebook site – search for ‘Young Merton’ on http://www.facebook.com

Notes to editors:

The decision to introduce a team of youth advisers follows on from the results of Merton’s first ever Youth Referendum in May 2010.

More than 1500 young people took part in the referendum, which gave them an opportunity to tell the council how they wanted to be represented in the borough. An overriding majority voted to have a team of young advisers in the borough to act as representatives on their behalf.

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