11-19 years old? If so, you are eligible to vote in Hammersmith & Fulham Mayoral and Youth Parliament elections.
The elections take place from From Monday March 7 to Friday March 18.
Members of our Youth Council meet weekly to discuss issues affecting young people and their lives. And YOUR vote decides who makes up this council and what issues it tackles.
“The Youth Council elections are a really exciting time for our young residents to get involved in democracy and act on their values,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.
“I wish all the candidates good luck and encourage all 11-19 year olds to get involved and vote.”
Elections will be held online and will be managed by H&F schools and youth projects. We will also reach out to young people who are currently out of school.
The H&F Youth Mayor is a figurehead for young people in the borough and accompanies the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham at local events.
Member of the Youth Parliament
The H&F Youth MLA represents the voice of borough youth, regionally and nationally, at conferences and an annual debate in the House of Commons.
This year’s young mayoral candidates
You can check out each of our youth mayoral candidate manifestos here or take a look at each of the candidates below:
Niamh Faley, 14, Hurlingham Academy
“I’m very dedicated to the things I do, and I love listening to people and hearing their stories and what they have to say, I always have a big smile on my face, and I’m friendly and approachable.”
Giovanna Menezes, 16, Sacred Heart High School
“I like to think I’m quite determined and passionate when it comes to achieving my goals.”
Ben Ruzbehan, 16, Phoenix Academy
“I believe I am kind, confident and outspoken. Furthermore, I am motivated and have a lot of opinions and I think I will be the ideal candidate to represent the young people of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Matilda Genieser, 16, St Paul Girls School
“I am responsible, understanding, reliable, creative, flexible.”
Malachi John, 16, lives in Shepherds Bush
“I am a youth counselor in the Army Cadets, a good communicator, listener and team builder.
Alex Van Wyk, 17, St Paul Girls School
“I am committed and dedicated. I am completely dedicated to everything I do, and as a young mayor, I would be completely dedicated to improving our borough.
Natasha Simm, Godolphin and Latymer School
“I like to think of myself as a good listener who takes into account other people’s ideas and I always try to apply myself to the best of my ability to whatever is offered to me.”
Junaynah Khan, 14, Burlington Danes Academy
“I am hardworking, competent, resilient and confident.”
Discover the fantastic candidates for the Youth Parliament
You can view the manifestos of each of our Youth Parliament candidates here or take a look at the qualities of each candidate below:
Anastasia Odusanwo, 16, Hurlingham Academy
“I am hardworking, caring, selfless and have great communication skills.”
Chelsey Averdung, 13, Fulham Cross Girls’ School
“I am responsible, caring and articulate.”
Lara Medic, 16, Latymer High School
“Some of my best qualities are that I am sociable, always ready to learn and, above all, determined to help our borough grow as much as possible.
Vince Bigas, 16, Fulham Cross Academy
“Having been the senior student at my school, I think I developed my leadership skills – being open-minded and aware of the issues around my peers.”
Aseel Saaid, 13, Fulham Cross Girls’ School
“Kind, optimistic, determined, curious, adaptable, open-minded, patient, social, courageous, caring, understanding, funny (sometimes).”
To learn more about the voting process and the impact of your vote, watch the H&F Youth Council election video:
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