Councillor Kerry Jenkins has been named as Birmingham City Council’s first ever Youth Champion.
The announcement was made today (June 9) by Councillor Penny Holbrook, cabinet member for skills, learning and culture.
Cllr Jenkins’s responsibilities will include listening to and engaging with the city’s young people on a wide range of issues, ensuring that their voices are heard.
Councillor Holbrook said: “Birmingham is one of the youngest cities in Europe. We know we need to be better at listening to what young people need and want, which is why I’m absolutely delighted to announce that Kerry will be our first ever Youth Champion.
“She will work with me to make sure that we really do listen to what young people have to say – not just about the future of the council, but their city too.”
Councillor Jenkins, who was elected as a councillor for the Hall Green ward in 2014, said: “Young people are the future of our city, so it is particularly important that we listen to them now.
“It is an honour to take up this new role and I look forward to being able to make a real difference to the way we engage with young people.”
The Youth Champion is the latest role of its kind to be introduced by the council, following the Victims’ Champion, Mental Health Champion and Heritage Champion.
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