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Student on Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council

St Thomas More College, Sunnybank Year 11 student, Hayden Boyle participated in the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council last year.

The advisory council is made up of Year 10 students from a range of schools that look at ways to make Brisbane better for youth.

Hayden reflected on his time being involved in the group.

“I would definitely recommend it to any of the future students coming into Year 10, and I really hope that it stays strong as I know it has been for the past 10 years,” Hayden said in the video above.

“I think this year was its biggest group of 70 odd schools.

“So it was a really good experience to be a part of it.

“I’ve made some lifelong friends through it all.

“I’m really glad I got the opportunity.”

To learn more about St Thomas More College, Sunnybank and what it offers, visit Do More, Be More.

Video Transcript

Last year I had the privilege of being on the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. So that’s basically a board where each school in Brisbane is offered a role for a year 10 student to be a part of. So through the school we had an election process where we would apply for it, and our year 11 level coordinator would choose someone to be part of that. And from there I went on to be chosen as the lucky representative. And we went on to do one meeting a term at City Hall with the Lord Mayor, where we would discuss different opportunities for the youth in Brisbane and how we could better the Brisbane for a youth perspective and go through different types of ideas and things like that. So it was about 70 schools involved. So 70 different representatives from 70 different schools from all across Brisbane, whether that’d be state school, private school. We had some Islamic schools and all different things like that.

So when the first induction meeting happened, we were given five different areas that we could look at. It was things like the economy, clean green city or vibrant creative or different things to do with health and things like that. So we all had to choose our different areas where we would wanted to look at. And then from there we went on to choose two. And on the first meeting you had to vote on one. And from each meeting from there we had to try and think of what we wanted to do. So the one we ended up deciding on was the vibrant and creative city.

And from there we ended up in little table groups in City Hall. And we would try and think of an idea where we could try and better Brisbane as a vibrant and creative city. So whether that be through arts or music and things like that. So each different table group had their own unique idea. My group came up with a social media idea where we could try and promote more arts festivals and things like that and different youth weeks or different areas where the youth could be involved and sort of show their artistic talents and things like that.

And other groups had ideas like Beats on Boats, which was sort of like a mock of the Melbourne Tram Sessions where we’d have musicians playing on the City Cats and things such as painting park benches nice and pretty in the Botanic Gardens and other things like that.

So I’d say by far it would be one of the best experiences I’ve had at high school. I’ve made some lifelong friends through it all. Some really people that I would never have met if I hadn’t have done it, from different areas of Brisbane and things like that. I’ve actually had the privilege of being invited back this year to MC some of the meetings with this year’s group and go back to the induction day and help them out there.

So it’s been a really good experience and I really would, it’s a shame that only one student from each school can do it, ’cause it really is a great experience to get involved in. But yeah, I would definitely recommend it to any of the future students coming into year 10 and I really hope that it stays strong as I know it has been for the past 10 years. I think this year was its biggest group of 70 odd schools. So it was a really good experience to be a part of it. I’m really glad I got the opportunity.

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