Eighteen young people are in the running to become the new Young Mayor of Lewisham this year.
The Young Mayor will have the ability to influence key decision makers from Lewisham council, the NHS and the police and will also be awarded a budget of £30,000 to spend on putting their vision for Lewisham into action.
Outgoing Young Mayor Keiza Silveira De Sousa has had his budget proposals approved by Mayor and Cabinet and his changes will be visible in the next few months.
He used the budget to fund an awareness campaign for people with disabilities, launched workshops for both musically inclined and entrepreneurial youngsters to help develop their talent and also started a Youtube channel dedicated to promoting services and opportunities for young people in Lewisham.
De Sousa said: “Putting on a rave every month won’t help young people much in the long term. Building ten more youth clubs will not make much of a difference, we’re better off making the ones we already have more useful!”
Other positions up for grabs include Deputy Young Mayor and a place in the Young Citizens panel that will work alongside the new mayor.
The election is being held next Wednesday and the results will be announced the next day.
Check the young mayor’s facebook page here.