Leeds Children's Mayor


Introducing Isla, the 2017-18 Children's Mayor


On the 27th of September 2017, the Lord Mayor of Leeds announced that Isla Bentley from Gildersome Primary School had been elected as the new Children's Mayor.

 
Over 6,000 children and young people voted in the election and out of all the 12 finalists, Isla's idea "Kindness Costs Nothing​" was the most popular!

Isla will now spend the next year as the Children's Mayor of Leeds, representing children and young people by attending events and accompanying the Lord Mayor of Leeds on civic visits. Isla will also get to read out her idea to all 99 city councillors at a "full council" meeting and work with the Council to make it a happen.

About the project:


Now entering its 15th year and celebrating  a record 50+ schools taking part, Leeds Children's Mayor is an annual citizenship programme for primary schools. It engages children in the process of voting and democracy and promotes a better understanding of rights and responsibilities.

Schools enter a Year 5 candidate during the summer term. Entries are shortlisted down to a final 12 by a panel of children and young people, including the previous years' finalists.

Voting takes place during the summer when anyone aged 18 or under can vote for who they want to be the next Children's Mayor. This year, over 6000 voters took part either in their schools or youth groups, online or by using our pop up polling stations around the city.


2016-17 Children's Mayor of Leeds, Grace
 
Grace Branford from Drighlington Primary School was elected in 2016 as the 14th Children's Mayor of Leeds. Grace's winning manifesto was called "Be a good citizen - love thy neighbour" and was about schools giving back to their local communities.  In 2017, Grace's idea was realised with her 'Kind Minds Mission​and thanks to her passion for making a difference, 19 primary school took part.
 
  
 
 
 If you have any further questions about the programme please email: leedschildrensmayor@leeds.gov.uk or call 07712 214392​.​​​​​ You can also follow us on Twitter @LSChildrenMayor
  
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