Lambeth’s incoming youth mayor has pledged to provide more social activities and links to the business community for young people in Lambeth.
Simone Lala, 14, was announced Lambeth’s new Youth Mayor at an election night held at the Town Hall on Friday (March 23). Simone, who attends Bishop Thomas Grant School and lives in Brixton, will have a £25,000 budget to help improve opportunities for young people. Current Mayor, David Oyedele, 16, will hand over the role on April 1. The second highest vote saw 15-year-old Samuel Davies, who attends The Norwood School and lives in Vauxhall, announced as Deputy Youth Mayor. A total of 8,318 young people aged 11-19 who live, study, or work in the borough voted in the Youth Council elections at polling stations in schools and youth centres across Lambeth – with the majority of votes cast online. Lambeth Academy received a Gold Democracy Award for over 75% turnout of eligible voters.
Keanna Williams, 15, who attends the Evelyn Grace Academy and lives in South Norwood was voted the next member of Youth Parliament (MYP), and Elizabeth Boampong, who attends St Francis Xavier College and lives in Clapham, deputy MYP. Keanna and Elizabeth will organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision-makers on issues that matter most to young people in Lambeth.
Simone, said: “I’m so excited to be voted as Lambeth’s new Youth Mayor. Not every young person is fortunate enough to have a family, home, or anywhere to go. I hope to do everything I can to improve facilities for young people in the borough, and to really hear what they have to say.”
The outgoing youth mayor, David Oyedele, used his budget to fund:
• True Beauty Within, a young women’s project based in West Norwood. A project which raises young women’s self-esteem and confidence through workshops and activities.
• Youth Alive, a youth club at Kennington Park Community Centre. The funding helped to equip the youth club so it can offer more activities and facilities for young people.
• Mentoring Movements, a project providing dance therapy workshops to young people across the borough.
• Victory Youth Group, Brixton. Funding was spent on equipment so that young people can create their own videos and deliver a teenage pregnancy awareness programme to schools and centres.
• Rathbone Youth Club, Norwood. The Youth Mayor fund has supported them to deliver a dance and drama project for disabled young people.
Lambeth Youth Council is an award-winning youth leadership and engagement project. The Youth Council allows young people to make a difference in their lives and those of others in the borough through training and empowerment. The Youth Council allows young people to give their views on issues affecting them and their community and also gives them the support to act on their ideas.
For more information visit http://www.younglambeth.org.uk/lyc1.aspx or follow @LamYouthMayor on twitter.
Notes for editors
A YOUTH MAYOR is a young person aged between 11 and 19 years, who is elected to represent the views and interests of other young people in his or her borough.
In Lambeth, the Youth Mayor project was set up as a way of giving young people in the borough a voice, and a way of influencing decision-makers such as Councillors, businesses, service-providers and the media.
Every year the Youth Mayor gets £25,000 in funding to help make Lambeth a better place by allocating grants to local youth projects.
The Deputy Youth Mayor is a young person elected to support the Youth Mayor with his or her duties and deputise in his or her absence.
Member of Youth Parliament
A MEMBER OF YOUTH PARLIAMENT (MYP) is a young people aged between 11 and 18 years, who is elected to run campaigns to improve the lives of young people in his or her borough. The Lambeth MYP is part of a national forum called the UK YOUTH PARLIAMENT which has over 600 elected MYPs from across the UK and aims to give young people a voice nationally.
Lambeth’s MYP represents the voice of local young people more widely, by meeting regularly with MYPs across London and right across the UK at the UKYP annual debate at the House of Commons.