Yasmin Rufo

Young Mayor: Ealing


My name is Yasmin and I am in year 10. I was elected youth mayor on the 20th May and my job is now to represent the young people of Ealing.

Anyone aged 13-19 who lives in Ealing can run to be youth mayor. There is a two week voting period in which all candidates go campaigning by going around their own school, other schools in Ealing and youth centres. In total over 10, 000 young people in Ealing voted for who they wanted to be the youth mayor. After those two weeks the five candidates with the most votes go through to the final, where they made a speech to an impartial audience of young people and councillors.

I have been involved in youth politics for three years. In 2012 I was elected Deputy Member of UK Youth Parliament. I am currently the London representative for Student Voice, advisor for Transport for London, part of the My Education board and London’s rep for the National Scrutiny Group.

The NSG have regular meetings with change makers, such as Minister for Education- Michael Gove and Minister for Children Ed Timpson to voice our opinions on the education system. Recently we have been focusing on the changes being made to the system, including the introduction of the EBC.


What I plan to do whilst in office:

As youth mayor I have a three point manifesto which I work on throughout my year in office with the help of Ealing Council. My manifesto is as follows:

  •   - Raise awareness of teenage mental health
  •   - Work with vulnerable members of society (disabled young people, children in care, young offenders)
  •   - Promote a good relationship between the police and young people.
  •  Through all of these roles I represent the views of young people, and run local, regional and national campaigns. You can also see what I have been up to by following youth mayor on Twitter at @YM_Ealing or going to youngealing.co.uk/



Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/YM_Ealing

Website: http://www.youngealing.co.uk/ 

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