The new young leaders
It’s all change at Islington Youth Council with a new young mayor and deputy young mayor elected this week.
Diana Gomez, who has spent the last year as deputy young mayor, takes over as young mayor from Youth Councillor Darey Cletus, while Tega Agbede steps into the deputy young mayor role.
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.”
Tega said: “I’m looking forward to making progress with our key priorities, like crime and safety, apprenticeships, and free-time opportunities for young people.”
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.
Meanwhile Serkan Marasli was elected to become the second ever Member for Youth Parliament for Islington.
Serkan said: “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.”
Youth councillors are responsible for making sure the opinions of young people in Islington are heard, and campaign for youth services in Islington to be responsive to the needs and interests of young people.
[photo caption: Islington’s Deputy Young Mayor Tega Agbede, Member of Youth Parliament Serkan Marasli and Young Mayor Diana Gomez]