Bristol to get "Youth Mayors"
The first steps are being taken this week towards the city's first "Youth Mayors".
Young people in schools and youth centres are currently voting for members on the council's Youth Select Committee.
The city's first "Youth Mayors" - one male, one female - will be chosen from these elected members.
The new "Youth Mayors" will act as advisors to Bristol Mayor George Ferguson and attend events.
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Through the nominations process, 31 youth select committee candidates are standing this year for 28 places.
Voting is taking place in 57 polling stations, set in secondary schools and youth centres until Friday.
The last Big Youth Vote in 2011 recorded the highest turnout ever, with 8,494 young people returning ballot papers.
Mr Ferguson said: "This is a great opportunity for Bristol teenagers to use this chance to vote for the most effective youth candidates in their part of the city and to help influence decision making at City Hall.
"Their voice is vital to help us understand how policies and issues are affecting young people.
Verriin Kaur, aged 18, who joined the youth select committee four years ago and is a student at North Bristol Post 16 centre, said: "It is so important that Bristol teenagers use their chance to get on this group so they can express their views on the issues that matter to us.
"We are very lucky to have this opportunity but I'm sure it would disappear if it's not used.
"We've influenced some important decisions over the years - most recently the contract awards for who is running youth services in the city from now on."