Published: 8 March 2017
Lord Mayor's Youth Advisory Council
Each year, Brisbane high schools are invited to nominate one Year 10 student to represent their school on the Lord Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC). LMYAC delegates act as representatives of their school and community, and are a voice for raising issues or sharing ideas that affect young people. Throughout 2017, Year 10 student Ethan Sullivan will represent St James College on the Council.
Four LMYAC meetings are held throughout the year (one held every term, during school hours for three hours). Meetings are chaired by the Lord Mayor and discussions facilitated by Council's Youth Team. Young people are given the opportunity to provide input and share their ideas on three to four Council initiatives during the workshop component of each meeting.
There is also an Induction Workshop held prior to the first official LMYAC meeting, which enables students to meet Council Officers and fellow LMYAC students in a more casual environment.
LMYAC aims to develop young people as leaders, and is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for young people in Brisbane to participate in decision making at the local and citywide level. Students identify issues and engage with each other in a public forum, where they are encouraged to provide feedback and give their opinion about Brisbane City Council policies, local laws, services and programs that affect young people.
The delegates are also encouraged to work with their peers to generate and share ideas regarding initiatives that fulfil the environmental, social, creative and economic aspirations of young people in Brisbane.
Ethan along with another Year 10 student Zoey Plater are also representing the school as part of the Brisbane City Council Student Environmental Leadership Network (SELN) program. The Lord Mayor, Brisbane Councillors and environmental experts attend scheduled SELN meetings to support students to lead environmental discussions and work together to develop projects.
Ethan and Zoey will no doubt proudly represent the Jimmies community.