04 March 2010

Lambeth Youth Mayor elected in 10,000 vote youth election

Lambeth's young people have elected Darren Tenkorang as their Youth Mayor. In a closely fought contest, in which over 10,000 young people from across the borough voted, Darren emerged victorious with a winning majority of 28 votes. Darren lives in Brixton and attends Bishop Thomas Grant School in Streatham and will take office in April.

(Photo courtesy of Mayor of Lambeth Christopher Wellbelove)

Darrren (second from right in photo) was congratulated by Lambeth Mayor Christopher Wellbelove, Lambeth Council Leader Steve Reed (right of photo) and Deputy Cabinet Member for Communities and Young People Florence Nosegbe (far left of photo).

Accepting the role Darren said "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 went on "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."

At the same time the results for the elections of Lambeth representative in the Youth Parliment were announced. Stephanie Harb (second from left in photo) will act as Lambeth's MYP for the year.

As previously reported here elections for the post of Youth Mayor and Member of the Youth Parliament took place in February. Lambeth is one of only four London authorities, and only 10 nationally, to have a directly elected youth mayor. The Lambeth Youth Mayor and their advisory panel have an annual budget of £25,000 to help make the changes that young people want to see.

Further information on the Youth Mayor is available on the Young Lambeth website

Further information on the UK Youth Parliament is available on the UKYP website

Congratulations to both Darren and Stephanie on their election victories!