Big changes are coming to the Children's Mayor programme in 2017!
After our 2016 elections we asked primary schools around the city for suggestions on how we could make the LCM programme more accessible for all. We received lots of great feedback and have made the following changes;
-Schools will now submit their entrants manifesto by 30th June. Entrants will be in Year 5 when they first enter
-The entrant who receives the most votes in the election will become the new Children's Mayor on 21st September when they are in Year 6
-We have extended the voting window which will now run from 17th July through to 8th September - giving entrants the chance to campaign during the summer holidays
We hope that these changes will give both children and their schools more opportunity to take part. For further information about changes to the programme in 2017, please watch our video above starring Grace herself!
Grace - our 2016/17 Children's Mayor of Leeds
Throughout October and into November, over 10,000 votes were cast for the next Children's Mayor of Leeds. The result of the vote was revealed during the finals night on Tuesday 8th November with Grace Branford from Drighlington Primary School receiving the most votes and becoming our 12th Children's Mayor of Leeds.
Grace's winning manifesto is called "Be a good citizen - love thy neighbour" and is all about schools giving back to their communities.
What is the Leeds Children's Mayor programme?
Every year, year six pupils in primary schools are invited to enter the Leeds Children’s Mayor programme. Pupils write a short manifesto saying how they would improve Leeds if they were the Children’s Mayor.
From all the entries, the twelve finalists are chosen by a panel of children and young people. Children and young people in the city are then asked to vote for who they would like to elect as their next Children's Mayor - and the winner is announced by the Lord Mayor at an event every November. In the 2015 elections, over 13,000 votes were cast by children and young people in Leeds.
The first major duty of the new Children's Mayor is to help switch on the Leeds Christmas Lights. In January they are invited to attend a full council meeting to read their manifesto out to all 99 city councillors. This is called a 'deputation'.
After their 'deputation' the idea is passed to the City Council's 'executive board' who then write a report containing ideas on how to support the winning idea.
For more information about the project and how to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org