Wednesday, 3 March 2010
10,000 young people can't be wrong...
Darren, 15, won a closely-fought campaign by just 28 votes. The second highest vote saw 16-year-old Sara Zouhir (pictured second from right with the Mayor of Lambeth) from Lambeth Academy announced as deputy youth mayor for Lambeth.
Darren is a student at Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham and lives in Brixton.
"As Lambeth Youth Mayor I hope to destroy the stereotype the youth have. Youth of today are looked upon as rebellious teenagers who wear black hoods and roam the streets at night," he said.
"I hope to achieve my goal by uniting the community. I hope to break down the barriers between the youth and the police, and most importantly, I would like to unite secondary school students together."
It was another close call for Lambeth's next member of youth parliament (MYP). Sixteen-year-old Stephanie Harb (pictured second from left) beat fellow candidate, 14-year-old Daniel Longe (pictured left) by only 19 votes. Archbishop Tenninson's School student Daniel is Lambeth's Deputy MYP and will stand alongside Stephanie to organise events and projects, run campaigns and influence decision-makers on issues that matter most to young people in Lambeth.
Lambeth is one of only four London authorities, and only ten nationally, to have a directly elected youth mayor. The Lambeth Youth Mayor and their advisory panel will have an annual budget of £25,000 to help make the changes that young people want to see.
The newly elected candidates will take on their posts from April 2010.