Young regional leaders who want to influence State Government decision making are encouraged to apply for the YMCA’s Youth Parliament program before 7 April to have their views heard.
Member for Morwell Russell Northe said this year’s program would give 16-25 year-olds an introduction into the workings of State Parliament with 120 spots available.
“Since Youth Parliament began in 1987, more than 20 bills raised by young people have become law, which highlights the importance of this program and the contribution young people make to our society,” Mr Northe said.
“This really is a proven way for young people to influence government decision-making, where we’ve seen issues such the mandatory wearing of bike helmets and nightclub safety reforms later passed as law.”
Mr Northe said during the nine-day training program participants would learn about public speaking, leadership skills, teamwork and also have the chance to speak up for what they believed in.
“For the last three days of the program, participants ‘take over’ Parliament, debating bills in the Parliamentary Chambers before handing them over for Government consideration,” Mr Northe said.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said this was an exciting opportunity for young people from across the state to come together to raise and debate issues they are most passionate about.
“I urge all young leaders from Gippsland to apply for this fantastic opportunity,” Ms Bath said. Youth Parliament will sit during June and applications are available at: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au
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