Over 5,400 young people throughout schools across the county voted this week in elections to appoint Youth Parliament representatives and new members of the Northumberland Youth Cabinet.
Clark Kent Chavez, from St Benet Biscop RC Academy and Jamie Macaulay, from Duchess Community High School, were successfully elected to Northumberland’s Youth Parliament.
Kelsey Thompson, from the King Edward VI School; Tia Saunderson, from St Benet Biscop RC Academy; Matthew Johnson from Haydon Bridge High School; Lauren Scott and Robert Elliott from Ashington High School were successfully elected to Northumberland’s Youth Cabinet.
This year’s ballot saw the highest ever turnout of young people voting.
Polling took place at participating schools on Wednesday 9 December and the results were announced at County Hall on Thursday 10 December.
Councillor Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services Councillor Kath Nisbet, civic head, chief executive, Steven Mason and deputy chief executive of the county council, Daljit Lally were there to hand out the awards.
Councillor Robert Arckless said: “Congratulations to all of the newly elected members of Northumberland’s Youth Cabinet and the Youth Parliament, we wish them well in their new roles.
“It is important to engage young people in the democratic process and to make them aware of the issues that matter to their peers and local communities. By sharing their own experiences to influence decision making, this will hopefully make a difference, and will inspire a future generation of leaders.”
The new members will take up post on February 1, 2016 following detailed planning for their projects for the forthcoming year. They will be joined by the existing Youth Cabinet and Youth Parliament members.