ABOUT US

My Life My Say (MLMS) is a youth-led, non-partisan, national movement on a mission to secure a better Brexit for young people

Who are MLMS?

MLMS is best known for championing the voice of 4.5 million young Brits in the Brexit negotiations through our outreach events, research, and advocacy work leading the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Better Brexit for Young People (APPG-BBYP).

 

MLMS has also been widely recognised by the media and Westminster as a significant contributor to the high youth turnout at the 2017 UK General Elections.

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Impact

Since our inception in 2016, we are incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made.

We will continue to champion the voices of young people from all walks of life, locations, background, beliefs, cultures, nationalities and to be an industry leader in youth engagement best practice and innovative techniques.

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Press

MLMS has also been widely recognised by the media both in the UK and internationally for our ground-breaking work in the field of youth engagement. You can see some examples below:

Team

We’re a team of diverse and talented young individuals passionate about rebranding politics and removing the barriers that prevent young people from participating in decision-making processes.

Mete Coban

Chief Executive

Amy Longland

Chief Operating Officer

Peace Benson

Events Officer

Rosanna Fanni

APPG Communications

Zeireen Fuzurally

APPG Communications

Grace Egger

Events & Fundraising Manager

Testimonials

  • “MLMS was instrumental in ensuring young Londoners were involved in the recent London Mayoral Elections through the #DareToDream campaign. Interviewing all the Mayoral Candidates, including myself, gave us all an insight into what our young people expected from us as their elected representatives. MLMS’ work to date has impressed me and I look forward to engaging with some of their future programmes. It’s a pleasure to support such an energetic, thriving, and growing charity.”

    Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
  • “Far too often young people are excluded from the decision-making process but it is organisations like MLMS who do a fantastic job to develop relationships between young people and decision-makers. Get involved and support MLMS to be part of the change that you want to see.”

    The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP Former Deputy Prime Minister of the UK 2010 – 2015 & Leader of the Liberal Democrats Party
  • “I have long been a supporter of MLMS, both the thinking behind it, and the people involved. Too many middle aged and older people fall into the trap of thinking young people don’t care about politics, or don’t know about politics. There are some people in all age groups of whom that can be said, but if you are looking for real and powerful political passion, you will often find it in younger people. Yet too many are disengaged because of the way our politics is done and covered. MLMS does a fantastic job at breaking down that disengagement, helping young people to see why political engagement matters, and why they should, and more importantly how they can make a difference.”

    Alastair Campbell Former Director of Communications & Strategy for PM Tony Blair (1997-2003)
  • “The decisions being made by the electorate, and by the politicians they elect often have the most significance for younger people who will have to live with the choices being made. It follows, that the more younger people we can encourage to engage in politics and have their say in the future the better. That’s why I continue to support the aims and objectives of MyLifeMySay and the work they are doing.”

    Nick De Bois Former MP for Enfield North & Chairman of Zac Goldsmith’s London Mayoral Campaign
  • “Members of MLMS are proof that the best days of this country is ahead of us. You are the next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors, campaigners and dare I say it politicians that will ensure that Britain continues to punch well above its weight in the world.”

    June Sarpong MBE TV presenter
  • “Change can only happen when people demand it. That is the reason why this organisation is really important, is because it is the way political change happens – make sure you support MYLIFEMYSAY, be part of it and spread the word!”

    Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP Former Leader of the Labour party (2010-2015)
  • “It is a real pleasure having MLMS based here in our Central Working in Whitechapel. This youth-led charitable organisation has the superb purpose of getting young people engaged in politics, which is something Central Working strongly supports. Mete, who heads up the campaign, is a valued community member, open to connecting with many of our other SME’s, in order to collaborate on some of the exciting projects. Kin & Co, and other Central Working members in the charity sector, have all met with MLMS, either to discuss their own political campaigns, or to help Mete support MLMS. As a workspace, Central Working is delighted to assist MLMS wherever possible, whether making useful connections, hosting workshops and events, or pushing out the charities developments to our Community.”

    Central Working Co-Working
  • “Its always a pleasure working with MLMS, they are doing incredible work to ensure the next generation are heard in the Brexit negotiations! Its amazing what they have achieved for such a small organisation. They are truly punching above their weight.”

    Matteo Bergamini Founder & Director, Shout Out UK
  • “Working with MLMS is always a brilliant opportunity for UpRising and UpRisers; young people in our youth leadership programmes were engaged in discussions around Brexit and were given the chance to make sure their voice was heard and to feel like their opinion mattered. MLMS events are always well organised, highly sought after and well attended. Our partnership with MLMS is well valued as it means that our young people always have an opportunity to engage with and partake in a wholly excellent organisation for youth political engagement – My Life My Say. We look forward to continuing such partnerships in the coming years.”

    Qayum Mannan London Coordinator, UpRising UK
  • “The Mayor’s Peer Outreach Team have loved every minute of their work with My Life My Say as it’s closely aligned with the work the team does here at City Hall. Giving young people a voice, especially the most vulnerable and excluded and ensuring that they use it is a top priority for all of us.”

    Mark Mouna Team manager, The Mayor’s Peer Outreach Team
  • “YouthLink Scotland partnered with My Life My Say to run a series of focus groups across Scotland with young people on Brexit. Working with MLMS has been a positive experience and gave us the opportunity to feed into the wider report by LSE and the APPG on A Better Brexit for Young People. The support we received from MLMS to carry out the focus groups was excellent. They provided us with the necessary resources, as well as staff support, making it easy to take part.The enthusiasm and dedication to involving young people in Brexit demonstrated by each team member have made MLMS a pleasure to work with.”

    Emily Beever Senior Development Officer, Youth Link Scotland
  • “MLMS have been fantastic in helping us reach an audience we have struggled to engage with: younger people. We have collaborated with them on events, social media and publications. They are a professional, passionate and energetic bunch and have been a pleasure to work with. I have enjoyed working with them, and hope we can continue to do so.”

    Professor Anand Menon Director of The UK in a Changing Europe

Trustees

We always strive to ensure that our Trustees hail from a variety of different beliefs, backgrounds and ages, and so are as diverse and dynamic as the young people we work with.

Cecile Laval

Chair

Lennox Ohemeng-Antwi

Trustee

Stephen Canning

Trustee

Nasima Yasmin

Trustee

John McLean

Trustee

Rokhsana Fiaz OBE

Trustee

Shabaz Khan

Trustee