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Applications for the 2016 Youth Parliament Youth Press Gallery are now open. Find out how YOU can be part of the press gallery.

YMCA Youth Parliament, supported by the Victorian Government, is an opportunity for young Victorians to stand up, talk hard and be heard. 

What is Youth Parliament?

Youth Parliament involves 20 teams of six people who:

  • Learn to draft and debate legislation
  • Conduct research into issues
  • Receive training in public speaking and leadership skills.

More than 20 Bills passed by Youth Parliament have gone on to become law, including laws covering mandatory wearing of bike helmets and nightclub safety reforms. Any Victorian aged 16-25 who wants to have their voice heard is eligible to participate. 

What's involved and when does it happen?

Participants take part in a nine-day residential training program that culminates in them formally debating bills in the Victorian Parliamentary chambers. As part of a team of six, youth parliamentarians are mentored through the process of writing a Bill (an unpassed piece of legislation) before presenting and debating the merits of their Bill in the chambers of Parliament House.

The training weekend will be happening between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 May 2016, and is compulsory. The 2016 Youth Parliament will sit on Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 June.

How do I apply?

Applications for Youth Parliament 2016 are now closed. To find out more about the 2016 program, head over to the YMCA Youth Parliament website (new window).

Assistance with fundraising and sponsorship

The cost of participating in Youth Parliament is around $4000 per team of six. If you or your team need help with fundraising or support, there are a number of ways the Youth Parliament Taskforce can help with fundraising or finding sponsorship if necessary for participating teams.

Information about deposits, discounts and obtaining sponsorship will be forwarded to successful applicants. Some schools, community groups or YMCA-managed centres sponsor teams to attend. Additional funding assistance is also available for rural and regional teams, who should indicate on the application form if they require additional financial support.

For more information about assistance and sponsorship, check out the Youth Parliament Support for the Teams page (new window).

Youth Press Gallery

In line with the YMCA’s goal of empowering young people, the YMCA Youth Press Gallery is an opportunity for young people to get experience in communication and journalism.

While Youth Parliamentarians fill the chambers of the Victorian Parliament, young people will also report back on Youth Parliament, filing stories for the YMCA Press Gallery website, hitting the airwaves and writing print articles for publications across the state. 

Applications for the 2016 Youth Parliament Press Gallery are now open. To apply head over to the YMCA Youth Press Gallery website (new window).

Note that applications close on 16 May 2016.

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