Lord Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)
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). This year, myself and 70 other students have the privilege of taking part in this amazing program. LMYAC aims to give young people a voice, enabling them to raise issues and ideas that not only affect the youth of Brisbane, but everyone in our city. In 2019, the theme for LMYAC is 'An Inclusive Brisbane', meaning that our aim is to help everyone gain a stronger sense of belonging.
There are four meetings held throughout the year, one for every schooling term. The meetings, which take place in Brisbane City Hall, are chaired by the Lord Mayor and facilitated by the Council's Youth Development Team. The first meeting on Wednesday 6 March, was a successful day in which the Council gathered to set goals and brainstorm ideas for the upcoming year. At this meeting, I was lucky enough to meet and have a conversation with then Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk.
Throughout the year, our hope is to build around obstacles that have been keeping Brisbane from being a fully inclusive city. We will also be given the opportunities to volunteer and take part in activities and programs such as Brisbane Youth Week.
I am very eager to attend the next three meetings to see the great ideas our council will generate to improve Brisbane's inclusivity.
Article by Elizabeth Dewberry (Year 10)