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Triple success for Orchard School in Bristol Youth Council

Published on 01/03/19

Three students will campaign on a variety of issues after winning approval of their  peers

Orchard School students will serve on the Bristol City Youth Council after winning the votes of their peers across the city

Kajol in Year 8 was successfully elected for her first two-year term as Youth Councillor.

Meanwhile Mo in Year 10 was re-elected as Youth Councillor, and on the night was voted Youth Mayor by his fellow councillors. Mo will now serve as one of two mayors (the other Mayor is from Redland Green School) - so a fantastic achievement for North Bristol.

In addition, a further Orchard student, Rahma, has been co-opted by her peers onto the council as a representative of Unity Youth Forum - which makes 3 Orchard students representing the thousands of young people across Bristol.  

Unity Youth Forum seek to get the voices of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, Refugee and Asylum Seeking Young People so that they can ensure they are representative of the wider community.

Kajol said: “The issues which concern me are littering and education. I want to bring more languages into school so we can learn about more cultures. I want to open up my ideas and share them with the community.”

Mo said: “I wanted to take on the role of youth mayor as I had gained a lot of experience in previous years on the youth council and I want my ideas to be more widespread on a higher platform.

“I want to highlight more opportunities for black and Asian minority ethnic young people in the city and more funding for city-wide education in underprivileged areas.

“It’s important people my ages have this voice as we are the future.”

Rahma said: “It is important I am on the youth council so I can help marginalised groups by discussing controversial topics and helping minorities express themselves.

“When I found out I was co-opted I didn’t believe it at first!”

The Youth Mayors spend time working in close partnership with the City Mayor, acting as advisors to the Mayor, attending meetings and accompanying him to events.

The elections for Youth Council were held in 58 polling stations across Bristol, with more than 12,000 votes cast.

At Orchard more than 90% of students cast their votes, after finding out about some excellent campaign issues, ranging from the environment to homelessness, and education to mental health.