A voice for Boston’s young people

New youth councillors
New youth councillors

Shattering stereotypes, activities for young people, crime and communication are on the agenda for the newly-elected members of Boston Youth Council.

Chantel Walsh, 16, Richard Harrison, 16, Mihir Rao, 15, and Ben Mason, 13, all students at Boston Grammar School have been selected to team up with eight other youngsters on the council

They join four others elected last month at Boston High School and four more who expressed an interest last year when the youth council was first proposed.

Chantel’s campaign centred on improving communications across the generations. Richard studied a possible link between juvenile crime and boredom caused by a lack of fun activities in Boston for teenagers.

Ben, already joint chairman of the school council and a previous council member at his old primary school, canvassed students to gain an insight into improvements which could be made at the grammar school.

Mihir set out to improve the image young people have and shatter the stereotype that teenagers are up to no good.

He said: “Young people should have a say in issues which affect them.”

All the youth councillors will hold office for one year and meet once a month, taking on similar areas of responsibility to the portfolio holders of Boston Borough Council, who they will develop working relationships with.

They will have the opportunity to participate in debate and will represent and take action on issues which affect young people.

The first AGM will be on Thursday, January 23, when a chairman, treasurer and secretary will also be elected.