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 in school until the closing date of Friday, February 10.
Voting will take place on between March 19 and 23 with results announced at County Hall, Matlock, on March, 29.
Staff from the county council’s integrated youth service are organising the Big Vote and supporting young people who stand for election. Nomination forms are available in secondary and special schools and can also be downloaded at derbyshire.gov.uk/bigvote.
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.”