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.
Applications are now open for the 2019 YMCA Youth Parliament of Victoria!
Applications for the 2019 YMCA Youth Parliament of Victoria are now open, with YMCA Victoria calling on all young people to roll up their sleeves and take over Parliament House.
Click here to download an application pack.
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.
Every year, 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.
Since 1987 years this program has given young Victorians from a 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 finishes with a week-long residential camp, which includes three days of debate in Parliament House. The time at the campsite will be spent on preparation, and taking-part in resilience and leadership building sessions.
YMCA Youth Press Gallery
Since 2014, YMCA Victoria established its own news room and press gallery to provide complete coverage of the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament. This exciting program will continue to run alongside the Youth Parliament program providing media skills, training and experience to those who have a passion for reporting.
For the latest updates from the YMCA Youth Press Gallery click here