The Mayor of Bath (Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones) is launching a search for his ‘Mayor’s Young Citizen’. The Award began 24 years ago to counteract some negative publicity about young people and to encourage them and celebrate their many fine achievements.
He said “I would like to meet as many young people as possible. I am always amazed by the latent optimism and unimpeded talents of our youthful generations. I will be looking for enthusiasm as well as wider interests when I meet the candidates, so there is all to play for.”
This individual award is for a 16, 17 or 18 years old who has made good progress at school or given service to the local community. Letters will be sent to local senior schools, colleges and youth organisations with a nomination form.
To enter, the young people must live in Bath, or attend a school/college in the city or belong to a Bath-based group. The young person chosen to hold the position for one year will receive £150 and be invited to some of the events the 791st Mayor of Bath will attend throughout his term in Office. The runner-up will receive £50.
Candidates and their nominator will both need to be available to attend a 10-minute interview on the afternoon of Monday 2 July and the Presentation Ceremony will take place at 5.00 pm on Thursday 5 July at the Guildhall.
A nomination form can be downloaded from www.mayorofbath.co.uk, emailed on request at firstname.lastname@example.org, or collected from the Guildhall Reception. Nominations need to be received in the Mayor’s Office, Guildhall, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5AW by Tuesday 26 June 2018 at 5.00 pm.
Jaydee Emery was awarded the title last year. She shone out because of her evident commitment to helping other people beyond the immediate remit of her work with the Southside Family Project, and her infectiously friendly personality, which made it easy to see how she gets on with everyone and from all walks of life.
At the Presentation Ceremony then Mayor (Councillor Ian Gilchrist) said ‘I was very impressed with Jaydee’s determination to continue with a career in assisting others and her understanding that achieving anything involves hard work and, above all, patience.’