YOUNG people aged 11 to 18 are preparing for power as the ‘Big Vote’ election period begins to decide the next members of the Derbyshire Youth Council.
The election, run by Derbyshire County Council, is open to students from Derbyshire secondary and special schools, along with colleges in the county.
There will also be a young person elected to represent looked after children.
Youth council members get involved with decision-making and have their say about issues that affect young people.
Students can nominate themselves until the closing date of Friday 10th February.
Voting will take place on between 19 and 23 March with results announced at County Hall, Matlock, on 29 March.
Staff from Derbyshire County Council’s integrated youth service are organising the Big Vote and supporting young people who stand for election.
Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People, said: “Young people care about the issues that affect them and the Big Vote helps them get involved in democracy at an early age.
“I want to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the election process as possible – whether it’s standing for election themselves or helping to run a friend’s election campaign.
“It’s also a really useful part of the citizenship curriculum and it’s a great things for students to put on their record of achievement or CV.”