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What it means to be a London Academy Youth Councillor

24/08/2017 – Fight for Peace promotes youth leadership through its Youth Councils, the members of which represent their peers and help shape the strategic, programmatic and institutional direction of the organisation.  Youth Council members act as ambassadors for Fight for Peace, receiving high profile visitors at the Academies and representing the organisation at external events. Members of the London Academy Youth Council were asked to describe what it meant to them to be a part of the council and why the body was so important to Fight for Peace. Here are some of their thoughts:

“The Youth Council gives young people a chance to express their opinions and take control of their future and make their voices heard. More importantly it allows them to step out of their comfort zone and learn how to deal with a situation when under pressure. To learn that everything is about choice and every choice has a consequence and they are the pilot of their own plane.”
Asim Beg

“Youth leadership is something that should be used in more places as the youth are the future of this world so they should be the ones that decide what world they will live in.”
Aladdin Benberna


“Leadership roles for young people give them a sense of empowerment. I feel comfortable making decisions, trusting my initiative and following through with my ideas. This has spilt over into all other aspects of my life.”
Shamus Campbell

“Giving young people leadership values means we will see an increase in the number of young people achieving positive outcomes in their lives.”
Naima Swaleh


“The Youth Council to me is the middle man between staff and the members. It helps people who are too shy to talk to staff as they are more comfortable communicating with other young members. The Youth Council means a lot to me as it has helped me build more understanding of what a real job feels like and has given me valuable skills.”
Shamsul Islam

“Fight for Peace needs a council because youth and staff can interact, young people feel like their opinions can be voiced and it gives young people an opportunity to develop.”
Shae Diaz