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Cast your vote and elect next Youth Council members

Aged 11-19? If so, you’re eligible to vote in Hammersmith & Fulham’s Youth Mayor and Youth Parliament elections.

The elections take place from Monday 7 March to Friday 18 March.

Our Youth Council members meet weekly to discuss issues affecting young people and their lives. And YOUR vote decides who makes up this council and what issues they tackle.

“The youth council elections are a really exciting time for our younger residents to get involved in democracy and act on their values,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“I want to wish good luck to all candidates and encourage all 11–19-year-olds to get involved and place their votes.”

Elections will be held online and run by schools and youth projects across H&F. We’ll also be reaching out to young people not currently in school.

Youth Mayor

H&F’s Youth Mayor is a figurehead for the borough’s young people and accompanies the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham to local events.

Member of Youth Parliament

H&F’s Member of Youth Parliament represents the voices of the borough’s young people, regionally and nationally at conferences and an annual debate in the House of Commons.

This year’s Youth Mayor candidates

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Image caption: Image 2: 2022 Youth Mayor candidates. From top row, left to right are pictured Niamh Faleye, Giovanna Menezes, Ben Ruzbehan, Matilda Genieser, Malachi John, Alex Van Wyk, Natasha Simm and Junaynah Khan

You can view each of our Youth Mayor candidates’ manifestos here or take a quick glance at each of the candidates below:

Niamh Faleye, 14, Hurlingham Academy
“I am very devoted to the things that I do, and I love to listen to people and hear 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'd like to think that 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 candid. Also, I’m driven and very opinionated and I believe I will be the perfect candidate to represent the youth of Hammersmith and Fulham.”

Matilda Genieser, 16, St Paul’s Girls’ School
“I am responsible, understanding, reliable, creative, flexible.”

Malachi John, 16, lives in Shepherds Bush
“I am a Youth Councillor, in Army Cadets, a good communicator, listener and team builder.”

Alex Van Wyk, 17, St Paul’s Girls’ School
“I am committed and dedicated. I dedicate myself completely to everything I do, and as Youth Mayor I would be entirely dedicated to improving our borough.”

Natasha Simm, Godolphin and Latymer School
“I like to think that I’m a good listener who takes on board other people’s ideas, and I always try to apply myself to the best of my ability to anything that’s thrown my way.

Junaynah Khan, 14, Burlington Danes Academy
“I am hard working, skilled, resilient, and confident.”

Check out the fantastic Youth Parliament candidates

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Image caption: Image 3: 2022 Youth Parliament candidates. From left to right are Anastasia Odusanwo, Chelsey Averdung, Lara Medic, Vince Bigas and Aseel Saaid

You can view each of our Youth Parliament candidates’ manifestos here or take a quick glance at each candidate’s qualities 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 Upper School
“Some of my best qualities are that I’m sociable, always willing to learn and, most importantly, determined to contribute to helping our borough grow as much as possible.”

Vince Bigas, 16, Fulham Cross Academy
“Having been the Head Student at my school I believe I have built up my leadership skills- having an open mind and being aware of issues surrounding my peers.”

Aseel Saaid, 13, Fulham Cross Girls School
“Kind, optimistic, determined, full of curiosity, adaptable, open-minded, patient, social, brave, caring, understanding, funny (at times).”

To hear more about the voting process and the impact your vote will have, watch H&F Youth Council’s election video:

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