Enfield youngsters celebrate election success

Winners of local youth elections revealed

Successful election candidates visit Enfield Civic Centre
Successful election candidates visit Enfield Civic Centre

Twenty young people have been elected to represent their peers on Enfield Youth Council (EYC) – with two also being sent to Westminster.

The 2023 Enfield youth elections appointed a score of young people as new members of EYC, two of whom were also elected to the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) and will represent the views and needs of the borough’s children and young people at a national level.

The 20 newly-elected EYC members have a responsibility to the whole community, to champion the needs of all young people in the borough and to represent their views. They will ensure Enfield’s younger generation has a voice in the community in improving services, and in positively influencing policy and key decisions the council makes on local issues.

The results of the election were announced last week at a special event at Enfield Civic Centre. Ruth Mobenge, aged 15 from Enfield Lock, and Finley Willis, aged 18 from Bush Hill Park, won the UKYP election and were also elected to EYC alongside Darren Paul, Isabelle Stones, Kyle Johnston, Estel Kayim, Mithraya Kajenthiran, Anil Sahindl, Caleb Brown, Leyla Riley, Matilda Ward, Jaiden Shaw John, Helios Francisco, Sila Karapinar, Shiloh Evans, Iceniean Brazil, Shanise Mensah, Markela Lleshaj, Musa Kilic and Adam Messaili.

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Ruth and Finley’s roles will be to represent the voices of young people from Enfield at UKYP meetings and to oversee the ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign in Enfield, which provides all young people aged eleven to 18 in the UK the chance to have a say on the biggest issues facing young people.

Enfield Council’s youth services team reached out to young people in schools, youth clubs and local communities to encourage them to take part in the youth election process, either as candidates to stand in the election or to vote. Nearly 3,000 young people from all over the borough registered to vote with a 33-strong candidate list.

Abdul Abdullahi, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “It was a pleasure to attend the Enfield Youth Council election announcement, and to meet so many enthusiastic and committed young people, who want to make a big difference to the lives of every young person living in the borough.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted and stood as candidates. I’d also like to congratulate the successful 20 candidates, who I am sure will shine in their new roles.”

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