2019 Youth Parliament - applications now open! | Youth Central

Victoria’s 2019 Youth Parliament is now taking applications! Find out what it’s like to be in parliament, writing and debating Bills on issues that affect young Victorians.

Applications close on Thursday, 7 March 2019

Victoria's Youth Governor Olivia Beasley is urging young Victorians between 16 and 25 to apply. “The program gives young people a new perspective and opportunities to speak up without judgement – you'll make new friends or even a new family as I did.'

YMCA Youth Parliament has a long and successful history in Victoria. It has helped shape more than 25 Victorian laws, including banning soft drinks in state schools and the introduction of gender-neutral school uniforms. Teams of young parliamentarians will draft, debate and vote on Bills during a three-day sitting in the Victorian Parliament’s chambers in July 2019. The Bills that are passed will be presented to state government ministers for consideration.

The young parliamentarians will attend intensive training camps in May and July, where they will develop skills in teamwork, public speaking and leadership to equip them for their parliamentary experience.

YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament is supported and funded by the Victorian Government. Minister for Youth Gabrielle Williams said she was proud to support the successful program, and looks forward to passionate debate on issues that young Victorians care about.

'Youth Parliament amplifies the voices of young people across Victoria and gives them an opportunity to engage with the highest levels of our government,' she said.

For more information or to apply visit the YMCA website