Kealy – Apply Now For Youth Parliament
Young Wimmera-Mallee residents wishing to influence Victorian law have the opportunity to do so as part of the YMCA Youth Parliament program according to The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP.
Ms Kealy said applications for this year’s 2018 program were now open to interested people between the ages of 16 and 25.
“The YMCA Youth Parliament Program provides young people with an insight into parliament and gives participants the opportunity to debate and express their views and participate in the parliamentary process,” Ms Kealy said.
“It is a great opportunity to hear what the young people of today consider are major issues of concern. It is also an opportunity for them to put forward their own ideas for possible solutions to those issues,” she said.
Since 1987, Parliament of Victoria has supported a two-day Parliament organised by the YMCA with the youth ‘parliamentarians’ from across the state gathering in Parliament House to debate ‘Bills’ dealing with issues of interest and importance to them.
“Youth Parliament develops the debating, public speaking and team building skills of our future leaders and builds their confidence and self-esteem,” Ms Kealy said.
“I encourage any young people with an interest in politics to apply for the program,” she said.
Application forms can be downloaded from www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/government-info-assistance/youth-programs/youth-parliament.
Applications close on Thursday, 8 March 2018.
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