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.
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.
For 30 years this program has given young Victorians from a whole range of backgrounds the opportunity to debate topics they are passionate about in the Victorian chambers of Parliament.
Each year, with the assistance of an experienced Taskforce, complied of 17 past participants, the team will research and debate a State issue they are passionate about and present it in the form of a Bill in the Parliamentary chambers.
The program involves two residential camps at Lake Dewar Lodge YMCA. The Training Weekend, held in late May, trains the participants on parliamentary etiquette, public speaking, and gives participants a chance to meet each other and grow their skills. The Youth Parliament program culminates in a week long residential camp, which includes 3 days of debate in Parliament House, with the remainder of the time spent at the campsite on preparation, and taking-part in resilience and leadership building sessions.
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. Applications to be a part of the YMCA Press Gallery are now open, click here to find out more.
For the latest updates from the YMCA Press Gallery click here