Newly elected Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor

Published Thursday, 26th October 2017

Youth Mayor Maise Riley and Mayor Fay Evans

Southend Youth Council’s new Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor have been appointed and will serve in office until March 2018.

Maise Riley, 16, who attends Chase High School, was elected Youth Mayor, and Yasmin Bey, also 16, Deputy Youth Mayor. Both are in year 12 and were voted in by peers on the Youth Council through an anonymous Ballot on 4 October 2017.

With a wealth of experience behind them, both are longstanding members of the youth council; Maise was Youth Mayor when she just was 13 years old. The forward-focussed team are looking to develop a system that enables students to share their experiences at schools in Southend-on-Sea, and to ensure that schools listen to student voices.

One of Maise Riley’s first projects will be to plan an exhibition of young people’s artwork to celebrate diversity in Southend-on-Sea. Maise, Youth Mayor said, "I'm passionate about creating a better future for Southend's young people, and using art is an accessible way to do it."

Developing the Youth Council is important to both Maise and Yasmin. They are keen to support Youth Council members to develop their skills and aim to enable all members to train as hate crime ambassadors. The duo have ambitions to grow the Youth Council’s membership and are ardently working to recruit members from a wide range of youth organisations.

Yasmin Bey, Deputy Youth Mayor said, “We would love to hear from groups or organisations that would like to get involved in their local community and represent the Youth voice of Southend.”

Both the Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor were ceremonially presented with their chains of office by the Worshipful the Mayor of Southend, Cllr Fay Evans.

Cllr James Courtenay, Executive Councillor for Children and Learning, said: “I would like to congratulate Maise and Yasmin on their appointments and am delighted they will be representing the borough’s young people and continuing the outstanding work of Southend’s Youth Council.”

The new Youth Mayor and Deputy Youth Mayor will run the Youth Mayor Twitter account @SouthendYMayor and will be seen participating in the Remembrance Sunday service and at the Council’s Holocaust Memorial Day service in January, among other engagements.