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Mo and Evie to represent North Bristol on city youth council

Published on 02/03/17

We are incredibly proud of Year 8 students Mohamed Aidid and Evie Lane who have been elected onto the Bristol City Youth Council.

Mohamed and Evie will be representing the views of young people from North Bristol for the next two years. They will be campaigning on issues such as racial inequality and funding for youth clubs and community trips.

Thirty eight students from across the city, aged 11-18, ran for the youth council, however only 28 were elected. Members of the youth council were voted for in the Big Youth Vote. The total of ballots cast from Orchard School Bristol was 522.

As part of the election process, our students produced campaign videos, explaining why they should be elected, and attended various meetings. We had six wonderful students standing for the youth council.

Candidates were informed whether they had been successful on February 10 at City Hall.

Mohamed said that he is “proud” to represent young people from across North Bristol. He said: “It was a very stressful process, both physically and mentally. But I felt a lot of pride and happiness [being elected], as not only will I be representing my school but also my family name.”

Evie said that her family was “ecstatic” when they found out the news that she had been elected: “All of my family members were texting me constantly [on election night]. Once I told them, they were ecstatic.”

You can watch their full interview, here.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “Congratulations to Mohamed and Evie for successfully being elected on to our Youth Council. Your work will help Bristol’s young people to have a say in how this city is run. 

“Through your discussions with me and my officers you will be helping to make sure the decisions we make reflect the interests of your friends and other young people.  I look forward to working with both of you directly in the months ahead.”