Have you ever wondered how young people can get involved with local government and politics?
Well, we spoke with our student Jimi Taylor about his time as the Eighth Deputy Youth Mayor of Worthing, and the upcoming role as Youth Mayor for 2019-2020.
Jimi, who is a currently studying Maths, Graphic Communication and Digital Media here at Worthing College, joined the youth council in year 9, after being inspired by a presentation from youth councillors while at St Andrew’s.
His journey to become Youth Mayor started with a year in the youth council, another with the youth executive and finally competing against 6 other candidates for the role of Deputy Youth Mayor. After being shortlisted for the interview along with 1 other, he then interviewed in front of a panel of 7. Jimi’s hard work clearly paid off, with his passion for the youth community, public speaking, communication and his articulate nature shining throughout the process, as he was then appointed the position of Deputy Youth Mayor.
When chatting with Jimi, he had this to say about his role; “I’m passionate about my work in the youth council and take my role as Deputy Youth Mayor seriously. I want to be a positive voice for young people in the local area, and feel that the work I do in this role will help to make the lives of Worthing’s young people better. The Deputy mayoral position is an apolitical position, meaning that my position is natural and isn’t linked to party politics. The role means that I get to work closely with Worthing Mayor Paul Baker. My work involves being a figure at local and charity events, where my interest in public speaking comes in pretty handy!”
Alongside his work as the Deputy Youth Mayor and his studying (with the aim to progress on to study Media Production at a University Level), Jimi is also the Worthing College Charities Officer for the Student’s Union all while working a part-time job!
Jimi is an inspiration, not only to other students and young people but everyone in the local community. His positive outlook is refreshing in young people, and when asked what makes him do what he does he had this to say, “I would want someone to be nice to me, to do nice things for me, so I act how I would want others to treat me”.
Thank you, Jimi! And keep up your amazing and hard work! You can follow Jimi’s hard work on the Deputy Youth Mayor Facebook Page HERE.