The Young Mayor for 2022-23 is Jentai Gen-One and the Deputy Young Mayor is Llywella-Paige Hoban.
Jentai Gen-One, 15, has been announced as Lewisham’s next Young Mayor following a borough-wide election. The student, who lives in Lewisham and attends the Brit School in Croydon, won 1,682 votes in the election on 8 February. Llywella-Paige Hoban, a student at Bonus Pastor Catholic College, has meanwhile been elected as Deputy Young Mayor after getting 1,444 votes.
A total of 9,988 votes were cast for 24 candidates in polling stations in schools and colleges on Wednesday 8 February, representing a turnout of 58%. This was the highest turnout in 18 Young Mayor elections in Lewisham.
The Young Mayor’s Programme began formally with the 2004 Young Mayor Election, which was the culmination of a decade long successful young people’s participation project base in what was Lewisham Youth Service. It was intended to mirror the political structure of the borough particularly given the change to a directly elected adult Mayor of Lewisham, so that there could be a formal and constitutional recognition of the voice of young people and its need for representation in the borough.
New Young Mayor Jentai Gen-One listed out five plans he would bring to the borough: creating more community work opportunities; improving recreational facilities; striving to build a BMX track fit for champions; giving young people assistance to start their own businesses; and creating a young Lewisham Radio station.
Deputy Young Mayor Llywella-Paige Hoban is passionate about extending work experience of young people and her manifesto focused on sustainable development of the borough and the environment.