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Meet the Redland Green Members of the Bristol Youth Select Committee!

Congratulations to the three Redland Green students that have been elected on to the Bristol Youth Select Committee, Issi (Year 11), Jacob (Year 9) and Florence (Year 11). Against fierce competition, Jacob and Florence have been elected on to the North Area Bristol Youth Select Committee. While Issi has been voted in as Young Mayor of Bristol out of a possible 31 local candidates and will be working closely with our Bristol Electoral Mayor, George Ferguson over the next two years. 

  

We wanted to chat to Jacob, Issi and Florence to find out why they nominated themselves and what changes they would like to bring during their term of service. Read what they had to say below…

JACOB

Why did you decide to nominate yourself for BYSC?

I decided to nominate myself for the BYSC because I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to give something back to my community and support the young people in my city 

How long will you be elected for?

The term of office will be two years long. 

What are the aims of your term of service?

My main aim for my term of service will be to ensure young people are taken into consideration before the authorities make any decisions.

Is there anything you would like to see change during your term of service?

I would like to change the way young people are looked down upon and stereotyped in the modern world. 

What particular projects would you like to work on during your time with the BYSC?

I would like to improve health and nutrition resources in the city, as it is an important part of each and every young persons life. 

Do you think that politics is something you would like to get involved in in the future?

Possibly not but this opportunity will give me many transferable skills to aid the future of my own and that of those around me. 

FLORENCE

Why did you decide to nominate yourself for BYSC?

I decided to nominate myself because I am really interested in politics and because I wanted to help improve Bristol for young people.

What are the aims of your term of service?

I aim to do everything I said I wanted to do in my manifesto. If that is not possible (there are a lot of people with a lot of things they want to achieve) then I would like to at least do something to help achieve what I said I wanted to do.

Is there anything you would like to see change during your term of service?

I would like to see an improvement in transport during my term of service as that is something that really needs changing (Bristol has some of the highest bus fares in the country). Also a lot of members of the BYSC talked about transport in their manifesto so this is one of our big campaigns.

What particular projects would you like to work on during your time with the BYSC?

I would like to work on a project that would improve links with other cities internationally. I want to do this, as I know that we could learn a lot from other cities and it would make it easier to learn languages and make visits and exchanges easier to organise.

Do you think that politics is something you would like to get involved in in the future?

Once I have had some experience in other careers I would like to be an MP.

ISSI

Why did you decide to nominate yourself for BYSC?

One of our Heads of House suggested I nominate myself for the BYSC and then the additional opportunity arose to stand for Young Mayor. The members of the BYSC voted me for Young Mayor. I felt it was important that young people’s voices were taken into account. We have a lot to contribute and there is a lot to improve in Bristol. I also want to help raise awareness of the BYSC and how other people can get involved.

How long will you be elected for?

I will be Mayor for 1 year and on the BYSC for 2 years.

What is your role as Mayor and on the BYSC?

Our role is to represent four major campaigns: transport; better facilities and facilitation; safeguarding (anti-bullying and anti-discrimination); and education for all. As Mayor I represent the views of the Bristol Youth Select Committee.

What project are you most involved in?

Within Education, I am going to be most involved in Youth Futures, which will set about tackling unemployment through work experience, apprenticeships and internships. This is something that I am very interested in.

Do you think that politics is something you would like to get involved in in the future?

I am probably going to go into medicine but there are lots of skills and experiences that I am going to learn and have that will be brilliant for medicine.

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