They had a tour of the Council House, followed by an audience with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mike Leddy.
During the tour they were told about the political development of Birmingham and also had an explanation of the Coat of Arms.
Indeed the history of Birmingham Council House was explained to them along with the historic significance of various rooms. They showed their surprise at the extent of so much history in one building, along with the appreciation of various public figures which have contributed to the history and development of Birmingham such as Barrow Cadbury.
The also visited the Council Chamber and the significance of it was explained to them and importantly the role of the Lord Mayor and the Mace.
It was further explained the current political make up of the seats in the chamber along with the occupiers of various seats.
Following this they had an inspiring meeting with the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.
It was clearly explained to them that they a regular people that got involved in Politics and now are Birmingham No.1 Citizens for a period of a year in representing the City Civically on a non Political basis.
The Chain was explained alongside the significance of the Mace.
Our young people found the visit inspiring and indeed some have already expressed an interest in developing more knowledge of how they can get involved politically.
It is clear that we have to be practical when working with Young People and this was a useful exercise and all found it inspiring including The Lord Mayor.
On Youth Forum would like to thank Councillor Paulette Hamilton for arranging the tour and meeting with the Lord Mayor.
Further many thanks to The Lord & Lady Mayoress for taking time with the Youth Forum and answering their questions along with their kind gifts to the Young People.
Undoubtedly, we will have to do more of these.