The new Chair of Croydon Youth Assembly, Jemima Tshondo, receiving her certificate from Jason Perry, Croydon's Executive MayorJemima-Helen Tshondo, a year 11 student at our Norbury High academy, has been elected Chair of the Croydon Youth Assembly.

Jemima, a head prefect and member of the school’s Student Executive Team for two years, was selected from applicants across the borough to lead the assembly. She will build on her experience as a Student Voice representative at Norbury High by liaising between the assembly and the council to ensure the opinions of younger residents are heard.

Jemima, who won praise from the council for her “exceptional leadership skills, passion and dedication”, plans to deliver new initiatives to empower young people across the borough.

Croydon Youth Assembly offers residents aged 11-19 a platform to voice aspirations, concerns and needs with a view to influencing positive change. Through regular meetings at the Town Hall’s council chambers, it enables them to contribute to the development of their community by actively participating in civic affairs.

Jemima said she felt “deeply honoured” to be elected Chair. Emphasising her belief in “the power of young people to drive positive change”, she affirmed her commitment “to empowering our generation to have a real impact on the issues that matter to us.”

Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon, said: “I am delighted to see Jemima-Helen elected as the new Chair of the Croydon Youth Assembly – I have no doubt that she will make a tremendous impact… I look forward to seeing what she and the youth assembly achieve this year.”

Find out more about Croydon Youth Assembly (CYA).

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