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New Youth Mayor for Mansfield

Mansfield's new Youth Mayor for 2012/13 Jessica Wells has taken up office, after signing a pledge with Mansfield District Council's Managing Director Ruth Marlow.

Jessica, who is 16 and from The Manor Academy, takes up the post as an unopposed candidate. She will be supported by a Youth Ambassador Lucy Fretwell (16) of Samworth Church Academy, who also signed the pledge.

Jessica and Lucy will represent young people in the District and take their voice to the Mayor, Members and Officers of the Council and other community organisations. They will act as ambassadors for Mansfield at various conferences and as role models for their peers across the District.

Jessica said: "I decided to run for Youth Mayor because as I have grown up in Mansfield there are things that I'd like to change to benefit my generation.

"I will work very hard to succeed in every challenge put in my path and to try to get as much done as possible in the short time I have."

Jessica plans to focus on increasing work experience opportunities for young people aged 14-18.

She also hopes to work with businesses to run masterclasses to help young people write CVs and apply for jobs and to support students to apply their business studies qualifications to real-life situations.

Jessica is also keen to encourage older students and business leaders to mentor younger students.

Her other priorities include supporting our local troops by promoting the Cadets, developing the idea of a youth bar in Mansfield, working with schools to improve sex education and drug awareness and promoting youth clubs.

Youth Ambassador Lucy said: "I am here to support Jessica in any way that I can and as a post-16 student I feel I have both the personal experience and views to help with the Youth Mayor's manifesto."

The Executive Mayor of Mansfield, Tony Egginton, said: "We are disappointed that more candidates were not forthcoming this year but we are delighted that in Jessica and Lucy we have two students who are enthusiastic and determined to help make a difference to the young people of the Mansfield District and have much to bring to their roles. I look forward to working with them over the coming year."

This is the 5th year that Mansfield will have a Youth Mayor. Jessica and Lucy take over from the previous Youth Mayor Daniel Winfield and Deputy Youth Mayor Dawn Meade.

You can keep up to date with what the Youth Mayor and Youth Ambassador are doing on their Facebook page - just search for "Mansfield Youth Mayor".

Published 17 October 2012

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