Youth Parliament

YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament is a program designed to give young Victorians between the ages of 16 - 25 a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government, on a wide range of issues relevant to young people's lives.

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Youth Parliament at a glance!

YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament is a program designed to give young Victorians between the ages of 16 - 25 a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government on a wide range of issues relevant to young people's lives.

Annually, young people aged 16 to 25 participate in the YMCA Youth Parliament program. Twenty teams of six participants receive training in public speaking and leadership at residential camps, as they research issues that they’re passionate about. From this research they develop a Bill, which they debate in Victorian Parliament over three days each July.

The program provides a great personal and professional development opportunity, and the Bills, which are handed to the relevant Ministers, provide the government with insight into what issues are important to young Victorians.

The Youth Parliament program is run by YMCA Victoria in conjunction with the Victorian Government and is led by a volunteer Taskforce of past participants.

Current Opportunities

The sitting of the 2016 Youth Parliament is approaching and the public is invited to attend!  

With the 120 Youth Parliamentarians selected, preperations are underway for their 3 days of debate in the chambers of VIctorian Parliament. Across these days they will each have their voices heard on matters that are important to them and their communities. Each of the 20 Bills tirelessly developed by these young people will be presented, debated, amended and ultimartly voted upon to find out what the young people of Victoria feel is worth fighting for. 

All members of the public are invited to attend the sitting days which will be held at Victorian Parliament House on Spring Street. The formal ceremonies and debates will be held at the following dates and times, all of which are open to the public to attend: 

 

Debate Schedule

 

Monday 27th June

Tuesday 28th June

Thursday 30th June

9:30am - 4:30pm

 9:30am - 3:00pm

9:30am - 4:30pm

The Opening Ceremony of the program will occur at 9:30am on Monday 27th in the Legislative Council. 

The Closing Ceremony of the program will occur at 4:00pm on Thursday 30th in the Legislative Assembly. 

Keep an eye on this page for more information on the topics to be debated at this years Youth Parliament, coming soon!

For further details on how these young people will have their voices heard in 2016, please visit the 'About the event' page.

YMCA Press Gallery 

For the first time in 2014, YMCA Victoria established its own news room and press gallery to provide complete coverage of Youth Parliament. This exciting program will continue to run alongside Youth Parliament providing media skills, training and experience to those who have a passion for reporting.

For the latest updates from the YMCA Press Gallery click here

 

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About the event

YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament gives young Victorians a chance to stand up, talk hard and be heard at the highest levels of State Government.

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Benefits

YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament is the only Victorian Youth Forum that has a direct impact on legislation.

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The Bills

Young Victorians are given the chance to ‘raise the roof of parliament’ on the issues closest to their hearts.

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Support for the teams

We’ll help support your participating team not only in developing your Bill, but with fundraising and sponsorship if needed.

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How to apply

It's time for those who want to make a difference to get involved.

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Youth Press Gallery

For the first time in 2014, the Youth Parliament Press Gallery will provide an opportunity for young people to ensure the voice of young Victorians is heard.

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