An 11-year-old school pupil has been elected to be Hull’s first-ever Young Lord Mayor, writes Danielle Hayes.
Emily Koyuncu will be representing young people aged 11-17 in the city as head of the Hull Young People’s Parliament. Her duties will be officially starting in May.
The Hull Young People’s Parliament aim to represent young people’s views and opinions in the city rather than political parties.
Miss Koyuncu, who goes to Victoria Dock Primary School, said:
“Not only is this a great personal opportunity but it is also a chance to give Hull’s young people a voice in issues that matter to us.”
The pupil said she aims to highlight the work of Barnados during her year in office, as she has received support from the charity as a young carer herself.
She explained to Hull Daily Mail: “My dad died from motor neurone disease when I was eight and my mum has really bad asthma so I look after her at home when I can.”
Miss Koyuncu was shortlisted for Young Mayor alongside two other candidates Kacper Legowski, 15 and Ruby Matsell, 11.
Before she was elected on Thursday The Young People’s Parliament gathered young people together from across the city’s schools and youth centres to talk about the issues that affect them. Mental health was a key issue that was raised.
They had panel of experts who talked about positive mental health and wellbeing. One of their guest speakers was Gail Teasdale who is the programme lead for HeadStart Hull. HeadStart promotes positive emotional health and wellbeing, aiming at children, young people and their families to develop skills to cope with life challenges.