Brynmawr teen voted deputy youth mayor of Blaenau Gwent
5:01pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A BRYNMAWR teenager has been elected as Blaenau Gwent’s deputy youth Mayor.
Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw pupil Dylan Hurter, 17, will be inaugurated on November 12 at the Beaufort Theatre in Ebbw Vale.
He will be deputy mayor for a year before taking on the role as youth mayor for the county borough.
Dylan, who is currently in year 13 studying Maths, DT and Economics, got involved with the Blaenau Gwent Youth Forum just over a year ago, after his mum, a youth worker, told him about it.
“I thought it sounded really interesting, so I went along," he said. “I joined because I wanted the chance to have my voice heard and have a say in what happens in my area.”
He is particularly concerned about job prospects in Blaenau Gwent and feels that young people may be forced to move away if there are not any developments in the area.
The Blaenau Gwent youth forum meets on the first Monday every month. It provides opportunities for young people living in Blaenau Gwent County Borough to have a voice on issues that affect them, and to become actively involved in local decision making.
Every year the forum holds an election and candidates give a presentation and speech before members have their chance to vote. This year three candidates including Dylan went for the role.
Dylan will go along to meetings of Blaenau went County Borough Council to put across young people’s opinions about issues discussed.
“It felt amazing when I found out I had won the election. My family are really proud – my mum was in tears.”
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