YMCA Youth Parliament Program
Congratulations to Emma Ash, Emma Golding, Raihana Hashimi, Hadisa Hussaini, Bethany Simpson & Phoebe Wilson members of the 2017 Youth Parliament Team for all their hard work in getting their Mental Health Early Intervention Program bill passed in the Youth Parliament Victoria.
YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament is a program designed to give young Victorians a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government, on a wide range of issues relevant to young people's lives.
A team of six participants will receive training in public speaking and leadership at residential camps, as they research issues that they’re passionate about. From research they will develop a Bill, which they will then debate in Victorian Parliament over three days in July.
The program provides a great personal and professional development opportunity, and the bills which are handed to the relevant Ministers, provides the government with insight into what issues are important to young Victorians.
Over twenty-five pieces of State Legislation have originated in the Youth Parliament. Some examples of this include Roadside Drug Testing for Drivers, Mandatory Wearing of a Bicycle Helmet and Removal of Glass from Identified High-Risk Entertainment Venues.
Nominations will re-open in early 2018.