What is Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)?
Each year, all Brisbane high schools are invited to each nominate one Year 10 student to represent their school on the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC).
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.
This is done by students identifying issues and engaging with each other in a public forum, where they are encouraged to provide feedback and give their opinion about Council policies, local laws, services and programs that effect young people.
The young people are also encouraged to work with their peers to generate and share ideas regarding initiatives that fulfill the environmental, social, creative and economic aspirations of young people in Brisbane.
Four LMYAC meetings are held throughout the year (one held every term, on a Wednesday for 3 hours). Meetings are chaired by the Lord Mayor and discussions facilitated by the Youth Team in Council. Young people are given the opportunity to provide input and share their ideas on 3 – 4 Council initiatives during the workshop component of each meeting.
LMYAC delegates act as representatives from their school and community, and are a voice for raising issues or sharing ideas that affect young people in Brisbane.
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.
Have a look through some of the agendas of past LMYAC meetings here.
Over the past several years, LMYAC students have contributed to shape Council’s work and Brisbane’s future in many different ways. Some examples of students’ achievements include:
- Consulted with an Australian Youth Delegates to the Youth Summit 20 (Y20) on one of Y20’s the key themes – youth employment.
- Participate in workshop to develop ideas which supports and implement Council’s Creative Brisbane Creative Economy Strategy
- Participated in various volunteering opportunities, such as back stage management at the Launch event of Youth Week, running donation drive and participating in Homeless Connect event, and working closely with young people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background to run a Youth Stall at World Refugee Day
- Provided valuable input in developing the Strategy for Young People 2014 – 2019 to ensure that the content truly addressed the young people’s issues, needs and aspirations.
- Provided innovative ideas and solution in improving Council’s engagement with young people, especially in regards to the usage of social media.
- Developed ideas and initiated projects of their own interest and passion. Topics included Mental Health; School Visits to promote LMYAC to Grade 9s; Social media training for seniors; and Under 18 event.
- Participated in “Vibrant & Creative” workshop to develop a public art intervention plan for an area in their local community. Oriel Park in Assort is currently being re-vamped with LMYAC students’ ideas.
- Planned and developed Skate workshops for younger children at Ferny Grove Skate Park
- Developed the concept of ibrary – an online Library website, dedicated for highschool students. www.ibrary.com.au
- Provided contribution in The City Centre Master Plan Ideas Fiesta and explored the future of their city centre
- Discussed and shared ideas on Draft Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan, which aimed to demonstrate Council’s commitment to achieving equitable access and inclusion for people of all abilities.
- Provided advice on transforming Councils facilities, such as parks, Environmental Centres and libraries to become more attractive to young people.
- Participated in volunteering opportunities, such as running donation drive and participating in Homeless Connect event. Also, in Council’s supported events, such as Discover’d, which was an original music showcase event for young Brisbane people and West Cultural Expo, a celebration of cultural diversity in the western suburbs.
- Participated in National Young Leaders Day event with young leaders from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island backgrounds.
- Participated in civic events, such as Tree Planting Ceremony to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen (2012); 100+ Club High Tea to celebrate the contributions of Brisbane’s centenarians; and Australian National Flag Day Ceremony.
Members have also developed their leadership skills and applied such skills with Council’s support in:
- Initiating a wide range of projects and programs in their school communities.
- Designing and participating in Brisbane-wide youth events and programs.
- Making positive differences in their community by fund raising and volunteering.
LMYAC students have the opportunity to participate in civic events, directly invited by the Lord Mayor. They are also encouraged to participate and volunteer at Council events as a LMYAC group throughout the year. Below are some activities and events LMYAC student participated in 2013:
Australian National Flag Day
- Attended the Australian National Flag Day Ceremony in King George Square to celebrate the first time the flag was flown on 3 September 1901.
Brisbane West Cultural Expo
- Volunteered on the day. The Expo was a community event to celebrate and promote the diverse range of cultures which shapes Brisbane’s Western suburbs.
Brisbane City Photo Tour
- Participated in a City Photo Tour run by Maraccas, a local Not-for-profit creative arts organisation, to discover and capture the hidden treasures of Brisbane.
- Donation Drive at schools.
- Volunteered at Homeless Connect event at RNA Showgrounds, providing safe and fun activities for children and young people.
LMYAC School Tours
- Students visited another school in their local area to promote LMAYC to year 9 students at school assembly.
National Young Leaders Day
- Participated in Halogen Foundation’s National Young Leaders Day with young leaders from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island backgrounds.
100+ Club Morning Tea
- Attended the exclusive 100+ Club Morning tea to share and learn from the inspirational experiences of centenarians. (The 100+ Club is a club exclusively for people who have reached the age of 100 years.)
Thank you so much for the opportunity I really enjoyed it and I learnt so much from the wisdom and perseverance of these wonderful men and women. The amount of change and hard times they have lived through gave all of us a little more appreciation for the monumental events in human history that have occurred in their lifetimes!!
Angela on 100+ Club Morning Tea
I thought the event was a great opportunity and was really fulfilling. It was lots of fun to help kids make craft and arty souvenirs and badge and some adults even joined in, too. It was a great experience, with amazing friends and was really enjoyable! I hope to do it again next year.
Katelyn on Homeless Connect
I definitely loved the day. I now see being a leader in a much different light. I have learnt soooo much more than what I have in a year from school. ……….I had an amazing day with my LMYAC friends and I learnt a whole lot about being a leader and what kind of one I would like to be.
Nadia on National Young Leaders Day
I am very glad that I was part of LMYAC. It has been a very valuable experience and enjoyable one. It was exciting to think of ideas and know that the Council could possibly implement the. I will miss these meetings!
Skender on LMYAC 2013
LMYAC is an excellent opportunity to learn about your community and Brisbane. It challenges you to speak up and also provides a lot of activities to participate in, be as involved as possible and don’t be afraid to put your opinion out there! Make the most of LMYAC; it is an extremely fun and rewarding program to be involved in.
Message to future LMYAC student – Hannah