Woodhouse student appointed Deputy Youth Mayor of Enfield

Dated: 15 May 2019

 
Christevie (R) with Mayor Kate Anolue (L)
 
Woodhouse student Christevie Ngoma has been appointed Deputy Youth Mayor of Enfield. This has happened at the suggestion of this year's Mayor, Cllr Kate Anolue and Christevie will serve the Borough alongside Youth Mayor Okan Gurhan. The pair were drawn from Enfield Youth Parliament and have been elected for a year to represent the views of young people and encourage them to create opportunities around the issues that matter most to them and their communities.
 
Christevie, who came to Woodhouse from St Anne's Catholic High School for Girls, spoke to us following her inauguration last week.
 
“At my previous school, in year 10, they encouraged us to run for Enfield Youth Parliament, which I did, and I was involved for two years in helping with campaigns and going to meetings with the adult representatives. When I heard that the new Mayor wanted to introduce the role of Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor to the Borough of Enfield, as it has been done in other boroughs, I decided to run for it.
 
The election was a bit different to the youth parliament elections. Instead of talking in front of students at my school, I had to make a speech in front of the adult members of the council. There were ten of us competing for the positions and it was very nerve wracking.
 
I spoke about what I thought needed to be done in Enfield for young people and what I’m passionate about. The main point I addressed was youth violence because in the area I live, Edmonton, there is a lot of violence. I put forward my views on how to help solve the problem through more youth centres because currently we don’t have a lot here. Barnet Council has recently built a £6.5million facility (Unitas) with national charity OnSide Youth Zones and that’s what we need in Enfield.
 
I also spoke about mental health in teenagers and how the schools in Enfield could help young people to feel more confident to talk about what they going through.
 
 
Christevie with the Mayor and the Young Mayor, Okan 
 
I’ll be deputy for one year and they were going to do what they do with the real mayor which is to make the deputy the Mayor after one year, but because I am in year 12 I’ll be off to University and won’t get to be actual Youth Mayor.
 
I wanted to study politics at Woodhouse but didn’t think it would be easy to cope with four A levels so opted for my first choice of psychology, economics and sociology. I didn’t study any of these subjects at GCSE level because I really wanted to leave all my old subjects behind and study fresh ones. I also wanted a change of scenery and to meet new people.
 
When everyone said it’s a big jump from GCSE to A level - I didn’t really get it. I think you have to actually go through it to see that and they were right, the jump is big, but I’m handling it quite well I think. I didn’t think I would enjoy Woodhouse as much as I have. I’ve met some really good people and like the teachers here.
 
I’m hoping to go to Oxford University to study PPE - philosophy, politics and economics - and am now part of the Woodhouse Oxbridge Academy, attending Mr Rubinstein’s talks and going through his reading list. I’m not sure if I want to go into politics for a career. Before, I was quite set on going into finance, but then becoming deputy youth mayor has kind of made me drawn to it, so I’m kind of in-between the politics and economics side at present.
 
It’s the first time there’s been a Youth Mayor in Enfield so I don’t think we’ll get any robes or chains… although I didn’t realise I’d be getting a framed certificate at the inauguration so I’m kind of glad to have that physical evidence that I’m deputy mayor. Our first meeting is in July when we and the Mayor will start to put our ideas into action. If I can achieve one thing in my year it will be to get things started regarding a youth centre. When I was younger I would have liked to see something like that in my area, so I hope we can make it happen.”
 
We congratulate Christevie on being elected Deputy Youth Mayor of Enfield and wish her every success in achieving her dreams, both in Enfield and Oxford.


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