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Mya Parker

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Mya Parker is Youth Mayor of Bristol and a student a Bristol Cathedral Choir School. She represents South Bristol within the Bristol City Youth Council, of which she is a member for the fifth consecutive year, and is part of the campaign group focused on the mental and physical health of young people. She was also part of the One City Plan’s Transport Board and a Youth Mayor, and was a part of the Youth Council during its previous term, during which she was a part of the Environment and Transport campaign group, in the environment subgroup.

‘The Youth Climate Strikes have evidenced that my feelings are representative of the Young People of Bristol, and the sooner we act, the better,’ says Mya Parker. ‘I am also very concerned with equality, and I would love to have the opportunity to make Bristol a fairer city for young people from marginalised groups such as the LGBTQ+ community, ethnic minorities and disabled young people, as well as those living in deprived areas and young women.

‘Outside of college and my participation within the Youth Council, I enjoy attending Woodcraft Folk, in which my interests in children’s rights, equality and the environment are shared, spending time with my loved ones (including my cats!), and have always found listening to and playing music to be something close to my heart. I am also in the process of completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award, and support the right to roam, so that we can all enjoy spending time in nature as freely as possible, especially considering the physical and mental health benefits that come with it. It is imperative that young people’s mental health is considered more seriously, and that provisions are available before we reach crisis point. After having to restart a year of education due to poor mental health and receiving limited and only eventual support, it has become much clearer to me that considerable improvements are needed in order to ensure the safety of young people, and in order to ensure that we can access education in its entirety.

‘I look forward greatly to advising the Mayor, and working with adults, young people, other Youth Councillors, and external organisations and individuals in order to further young people’s priorities and create a better and healthier city.’

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