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WHO
WE ARE

It takes a strong partnership to support young people to help them engage in local democracy and civic life which means there's always an unseen list of people who are helping! Meet our core team and Young Advisors who work with the Young Mayor and are part of the Young Mayors Project. 

Lewisham Young Mayor &
Deputy Young Mayor.  2021-2022

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Read our Manifestos which helped us get elected!

If I were elected for the Young Mayor of Lewisham, I would firstly introduce the Halo Code, which is a campaign pledge signed by schools and businesses to ensure that the Black community can have the freedom and security to wear their hair how they feel most comfortable in, without restriction or judgement. I believe this would benefit young Black people within our community, preventing them from being pulled from lessons or workplace, because their hair was seen as ‘distracting’. Furthermore, racism is an issue that has been ongoing for many years and unfortunately, it still is. It causes extremely negative impacts against people of colour, especially in today’s society; it affects young people physically and emotionally. To tackle this, I want to establish activities that are mainly focused on the ethnic minority and people of colour, but would also be inclusive to everyone. Lastly, young people are treated differently due to how they retain information, or in other words, how they learn in school. This causes students to feel alienated and insecure about learning. I’d like to help fix this by allowing those students to be able to have access to the same opportunities as the more able students.

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Young 

Advisors.

Emmerson S.

Young Advisor, 13 

Emmerson joined the Young Advisors at the age of 9! Since then he has been involved in engaging other young people into civic life in Lewisham. He is also passionate about football, theatre and giving other young people a chance to express their views!

Joshua B-S.

Chair of Young Advisor, 14

 Joshua is the current Chair of young advisors and became a young advisor to make a change to our local community. He has a love for all things civic life and enjoys cooking and spending time with his family during his spare time. 

Morgan S.

Young Advisor, 17

Since joining Young Advisors in 2017 Morgan actively advocates for other young people who have SEND needs and co-leads the Young Advisors SEND Forum. Morgan loves to entertain people with a love for piano and singing!

Marvin G.

Young Advisor, 12

Marvin believes every young person should be given a chance to reach their potential. Since joining Young Advisors from year 5 He has continuously attended weekly meetings and shared his views. Marvin loves rugby and plays on his school team.

Shemar S.

Member of London Youth Assembly, 16

Former Lewisham UKYP Rep 

Shemar has been a young advisor since the age of 14 where he represented the borough as the UK youth parliament MP for two years. Shemar has a drive for creating change and giving young people a chance to voice their views. Currently he is the Lewisham member of the London Youth Assembly. 

Look out for more of our Young Advisors profiles coming....

The  Young Mayors Team.

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Katy Brown

Advisor to the Young Mayor

Committed to supporting young people to have opportunities and to take part in local democracy, influence policy and decision making.

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Jacob Sakil IV

Advisor to the Young Mayor

As a former Young Mayor of Lewisham 09/10 Jacob is an active advocate for youth voice and up-skilling young people to engage in youth democracy. 

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In Loving Memory 

Malcolm Ball

1959 - 2021

As a dedicated Youth Worker in Lewisham for the past 40 years Malcolm has worked with young people and been involved since the beginning developing the Young Mayors programme. 

Mal first began working with young people at the age of 17 at St Michael's Community Centre, New Cross.

Through his passion and dedication, Mal encouraged young people to be who they want to be, to trust and believe in themselves.

 

He broadened their world views, teaching respect, kindness, honesty, and friendship. He helped young people to create the world they wanted to live in. 

He has left a lasting impact on us all and will continue to do so, a real Lewisham Legend!