Applications for the 2021 YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament program are now open with young Victorian leaders being encouraged to have their voices heard and raise awareness on issues important to them.
As the Victorian Parliament resumes in 2021 tomorrow, Member for Morwell Russell Northe said that Youth Parliament was a great forum for young people aged 16-25 to gain hands on experience in the Parliamentary process.
“Our young people are our future and Youth Parliament is a fantastic opportunity see how Government works and ultimately it can lead to the amending of Victoria’s laws” said Mr Northe.
Youth Parliament has helped shape more than 30 Victorian laws including banning the sale of soft drinks in government schools and the mandatory wearing of bike helmets.
“Participants of the YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament program get experience in drafting, debating and voting on bills, which when passed by the Youth Parliament these bills then presented to the Government for its consideration” added Mr Northe.
The Youth Press Gallery is also open to applicants which provides those with an interest in journalism to meet with professional state and national political reporters and to participate in a real press gallery scenario.
The gallery is responsible for developing and publishing content for some mainstream media outlets, social media and the editing and shooting of debates during the Youth Parliament sitting.
“I encourage young people across the Morwell Electorate if they have an interest in politics or political journalism to apply for these programs, which provide a unique opportunity to influence change in our State” Mr Northe said.