Islington elects young mayor and deputy young mayor
Diana Gomez has been elected as the new young mayor, and her deputy is Tega Agbede. They were elected by their fellow youth councillors on Monday 13 February. The pair will be responsible for representing Islington's Youth Council at regional young mayor meetings and will represent the Youth Council at civic events and award ceremonies.
New young mayor Diana said: “I’m delighted to be elected as the new young mayor. My aim is to represent and engage with young people in order to make Islington a great place for young people to enjoy, learn and achieve their goals.
New deputy young mayor Tega, said “I am really keen to support the young mayor at events and meetings. I am also looking forward to asking council leaders and decision makers questions on issues that affect young people. As young people we have the right to have our voices heard in the community.”
New member for the Youth Parliament, Serkan Marasli says: “I’m really excited about representing Islington’s young people and making an impact at national events organised by the British Youth Council and UK Youth Parliament, including attending the annual sitting at the House of Commons in November .
The trio have taken over from youth councillor Darey Cletus and youth councillor Diana Lucia Gomez Paniagua, who last year were young mayor and deputy young mayor respectively and youth councillor Mohamed Abaas who was elected Islington’s first member of the youth parliament.
The Islington Youth Council is elected every two years, but the role of young mayor and deputy young mayor is changed every year to give more of its members the opportunity to hold office.
Youth councillors are responsible for making sure the opinions of young people in Islington are heard, and will campaign for the needs and interests of young people. The youth councillors will also work with council officers and elected members to ensure young people have a key role in planning, designing, delivering and reviewing services.
Check out what Youth Councillors have done during the last 12 months (1MB PDF).
Takeover Challenge gets gold
Islington Youth Council has been awarded a gold commendation from the Children’s Commissioner for England for the quality of its Takeover Challenge events in 2016 (817kb PDF).
The Takeover Challenge, a national day held every November, puts children and young people in decision-making positions. Islington’s Youth Councillors took over top roles, as Council Leader, Executive Member for Children and Families and Chief Executive, for the day.
The Youth Council also organised an event at Platform to discuss youth provision, as well as another event to consider apprenticeships and careers at the Emirates Stadium, featuring guest speaker Jack Ferguson from Arsenal.