Aside from attending BSSC, these young people all have one thing in common: they are passionate about the youth voice in Bendigo. BSSC has eight students on the Bendigo Youth Council this year.

Bendigo Youth Council meet twice a month and act as an advisory committee to the City of Greater Bendigo and other community groups.

Year 12 student, Lilly Correll, was thrilled to be elected the Youth Mayor for 2024—the youngest in Bendigo’s history.

“It means a lot: I’m excited to have the opportunity to represent other young people,” she said. “We want to take their ideas and experiences and amplify their voices to the places they need to be heard.”

Rohan, also a Year 12 student, has a passion for Politics and was encouraged to apply for a position on the committee.

“I have always had a real interest in local government,” he said. “I’m very aware the voice of young people is not always taken seriously, but in Bendigo it really is.”

Levity hopes the group can make a difference on a larger scale.

“I heard about it through my previous school and thought it sounded interesting,” the Year 11 student said. “It’s exciting to think about the impact we can have, as young people.”