About the Youth Council


Who are we?

Southend Youth Council is open to any young person aged between 11-18 who goes to school, or lives, in the Southend borough.

What do we do?

Our main aim is to provide a platform for young people in the borough to have a say over how their borough is run. We meet to discuss the issues that affect us in Southend. Meetings follow a formalised agenda, which could include items such as a debate on current affairs and updates on our campaigns

When and where do we meet?

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month from 5pm to 7pm, at the Civic Centre in Southend. Civic Centre address:

Southend Borough Council,
Civic Centre,
Victoria Avenue,
Southend-on-Sea,
SS2 6ER

How can you join?

New members are always welcome. Just come along to a meeting and an application form can be filled out on the night.

Who is in charge?

The Youth Council is chaired by Youth Mayor Maise Riley and Deputy Youth Mayor Isreal Genius and supported by the Member of UK Youth Parliament for Southend, Alex Small.

If you would like to attend please come along to the next meeting; if you're coming by yourself we'll arrange for one of our experienced Youth Councillors to show you around, introduce you to the Youth Council and answer any questions.

If you want to stay up to date with the Southend Youth Council or talk to us about something that interests or concerns you in Southend then please email YouthMayor@Southend.gov.uk.

Youth Mayor
Youth Mayor - Maise Riley
My name is Maise Riley, I'm 16 and attending Chase High Academy. I am the elected Youth Mayor for Southend Youth Council, since October 4th 2017. I have been a member of the Youth Council for just over 3 years, and have attended many events and roles. Before being elected as Youth Mayor I was the Vice-LGBT+ Chair. As Youth Mayor, I aim to help build the Youth Council up so that when I leave, the foundations for tomorrows Youth councillors have been laid. I'm responsible for attending events as a representative, and undertaking the running of the Youth Council. The Youth Council is an amazing organisation to be part of, so many new friendships have been created, voices represented and opinions debated. We hold meetings on the first Wednesday of each month, 5-7PM for anyone aged 11-19. Come along if you're interested, it's excellent for CV's.

Deputy Youth Mayor
Deputy Youth Mayor - Isreal Genius
My name is Isreal Genius and I am the Deputy Youth Mayor for Southend-on-Sea. I am currently running a campaign to get local schools to sign up to a mental health charter to ensure a consistently good system that young people can rely on. I am also running a campaign for a curriculum to prepare us for life. The role of Deputy Youth Mayor also means I am an executive officer at Southend Youth Council and work with the Youth mayor and MYP to ensure the smooth running of the Youth Council. Philosophically I prefer an ordered and professional approach to problem solving and as such work closely with the borough council on committees such as the Digital steering group as well as with the NHS patient steering groups. If you live or go to school in Southend you can always contact me with any problem's you would like help with and I will do my best to help solve them.

Member of Youth Parliament
Member of Youth Parliament - Alex Small
My name is Alex Small and I am currently your Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Southend. I am 17 years old and taking Politics, History, Biology and German at A-Level at Westcliff High School for Boys. I joined the Southend Youth Council in October 2017 and this is my first major role in Youth Politics. I am hoping to run many successful local campaigns to better the lives of young people in Southend especially in the areas of religious tolerance, transport and young carers but also represent Southend in events at national level and in the House of Commons once a year. I am open to any idea/concerns you may have so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Other officers
Minute taker Nadia Ahmed
Press Charlotte Fasey
Speaker Katie Chester
School Rep. Coordinator Marco Mann
3rd Sector Jessica Chapman
Chancellor Zia Mitha
LGBT+ Officer Saffron Reinecke
Website Manager Felix Johnson