Western Australian Youth Parliament
YMCA Youth Parliament is a national project that gives young people a chance to stand up in Parliament and have their voices heard. The program aims to educate, empower and encourage young people to take an active role in their community by contributing the views of their electorate at a state level.
Who can take part in Youth Parliament?
All Western Australians between the ages of 15 and 25 are welcome and encouraged to apply. The program is open to all young people, regardless of their level of political engagement, who want to have their voice heard by decision-makers.
Where does Youth Parliament take place?
The Western Australia Youth Parliament is administered from YMCA WA’s HQ facility, which is located at 60a Frame Court in Leederville. The program conducts all activities, including the residential camp, in the Perth metropolitan area.
How can I get involved?
If you are interested in getting involved in Youth Parliament, or know somebody who might be, check out our 2019 application pack or email Bre Shanahan, Program Coordinator on Joshua.Rozells@ymcawa.org.au. Applications open in February each year, with participants selected and commencing in the program each March.
What will I gain from getting involved?
Youth Parliament is a fantastic opportunity for young people to comment on government policy and make recommendations to the government on the change young people want to see. The program also gives young people the chance to develop their personal skills and learn about the political process. School age students who participate in the program can have their participation count towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education by recording it with the Curriculum Council.
Testimonial from Adam Kovalevs, Councillor City of Swan:
The WA YMCA YP provided me with a forum to not only learn about democracy and WA’s political system but also an opportunity to build my own capacity in numerous areas. These included leadership skills, critical and creative thinking, and my negotiation and communication ability. Importantly it developed further my belief in the value of collaboration and learning from others. The diversity of people and ideas represented in YP broadened my understanding of the wider community which now enables me to be more effective as a Councillor. My participation in the program confirmed my personal principle of leading with integrity in the service of others. It strengthened my commitment to contributing to my community and serving as a Councillor is providing a vehicle for this. It is fair to say that Youth Parliament played an integral role in shaping who I am today, and ultimately influencing who I am as a Councillor.
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