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.
LMYAC aims to develop young people as leaders, and is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for young people in Brisbane to 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.
Four LMYAC meetings are held throughout the year, one held every term, during school hours. Meetings are chaired by the Lord Mayor and discussions facilitated by Council's Youth Development 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.
In 2021 we encourage student representatives to attend five workshops/meetings in total. The dates are listed in the table below. All events will be held at Brisbane City Hall.
|Induction workshop||16 February 2021|
|Meeting 1||3 March 2021|
|Meeting 2||12 May 2021|
|Meeting 3||18 August 2021|
|Meeting 4||3 November 2021|
Nominations are now closed
Thank you for your interest in the program, nominations for the 2021 program are now closed.
Although year 2020 has been challenging in many ways, students strived with a commitment to positively contribute. In 2020, LMYAC students have:
- explored and developed character strengths and skills required for good leadership, including empathy, flexibility, optimism, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills, and passion to make a difference
- adopted new technologies to stay connected and positively contribute remotely during the pandemic lockdown
- discussed issues impacting young people of Brisbane
- shared stories about discrimination and its impacts
- lead and supported donation drives within their schools to deliver needed items to charity organisations supporting the community
- gained understanding of Council’s A City for Everyone: Inclusive Brisbane Plan 2019-2029
- developed and presented innovative project ideas to contribute in enhancing the inclusivity of Brisbane
- gained understanding about a wide range of Council’s initiatives, including recovery plans for coronavirus, natural environment, public transport, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s culture and youth representation
- discussed how students can change their travel behaviour to and from schools
- learnt how the previous years’ students’ voice was reflected in the development plan for Council’s Victoria Park Vision
- provided feedback for Visible Ink Youth Hub’s website
- developed a deeper understanding of our city by participating in invitation-only event such as the National Flag Day Ceremony.
To find out more about the LMYAC program, email the Youth Development team.
LMYAC photo gallery
View photos of the 2020 LMYAC program student leaders and see some of the events they have been involved in throughout the year so far.
Alternatively, you can view the photos in the Lord Mayor's Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC) album in Council's Flickr account.