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Youth Council

Abubakar Finiin, Member for Youth Parliament, Lydia Banjo, Young Mayor and Arkan Ali Akiil, Deputy Young Mayor

Islington elects new Young Mayor, Deputy Young Mayor and Member for Youth Parliament

Lydia Banjo has been elected as the new Young Mayor and Arkan Ali Akiil as Deputy Young Mayor, while Abubakar Finiin is the new Member for Youth Parliament. They were elected by their fellow youth councillors on Monday 18 February 2019 and will hold office for one year.

Lydia and Arkan will be responsible for representing Islington's Youth Council at regional young mayor meetings as well as civic events and award ceremonies.

Lydia said: ‘I am very honoured to be given the opportunity by my fellow youth councillors. I am looking forward to making a difference and to make our name as youth councillors much larger.’

Arkan said: ‘Being elected has made me feel like I can really make a difference in the borough and I am looking forward to tackling knife crime and Islamaphobia.’

Councillor Joe Caluori, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: ‘It’s important the council listens carefully to the voices of young people so that we can work together to create a great place for young people to grow up in and achieve their ambitions.’

The Islington Youth Council is elected every two years but the positions of Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor change annually to give more of the Youth Council’s members the opportunity to hold office.

Youth councillors are responsible for making sure the opinions of young people in Islington are heard by campaigning for the needs and interests of their young electorate. Youth councillors also work with council officers and elected members to ensure young people have a key role in planning, designing, delivering and reviewing services.

The Youth Council will work on four key priorities:


If you want more information about the Youth Council, please feel free to get in touch.