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

Applications to be apart of the Youth Parliament’s volunteer Taskforce are now open!

After successfully celebrating out 30th anniversary last year, it is with great excitement that we announce applications are now open for the 2017 Victorian Youth Parliament Taskforce Leadership team.

For 30 years this program has been driven by a group of young volunteers called the Taskforce. The Taskforce are solely responsible for the delivery of the Youth Parliament program every year, from the first stages of planning, to mentoring participants, and facilitating the program.

This application is your chance to join Taskforce and be a part of the 2017 Youth Parliament. It is an opportunity to give back to the program and gain valuable skills and experience for your own development.

If you are interested in applying to be on the Taskforce please download and read the Application Pack and submit your application accordingly. 

Executive position applications close on the 13th November and all other Taskforce position applications close on 16th November.

In order to help us with our planning it would be helpful if you could inform us of your intention to apply for a position on Taskforce as soon as possible. While this is not compulsory, it assists us with planning for interviews and other logistics. You can inform us of your intention to apply by contacting the Program Director either via email or through the Youth Parliament Victoria Facebook page.

Please feel free to contact the Proram Director, Becc Brooker, with any questions or concerns. Her details are within the Application Pack. 


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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