Nominations closing for YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament

Young far northern people who want to make their voices heard can apply to participate in the 2018 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.

Now in its 23rd year, the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament offers young Queenslanders aged 15 to 25 years the opportunity to speak up for their communities and learn first-hand about parliamentary processes.

Member for Barron River Craig Crawford said since 1996, YMCA Queensland had brought young people together to learn about our democracy, connect with their peers and have a say about important issues facing our state.

“I encourage young people to nominate for this program to assist them to build their leadership skills and learn about influencing change,” Mr Crawford said.

“The program brings together 93 young people representing each electorate in the state along with four Indigenous representatives.

“It has a strong history of empowering young people to take up challenges to become leaders of the future.”

Mr Crawford praised YMCA Queensland for continuing to successfully steer the landmark youth program.

“It is a testament to YMCA Queensland’s commitment that the program continues to challenge young people and provide an opportunity for them to share their ideas of change with the government,” Mr Crawford said.

“Participants in Years 11 and 12 are also able to receive one point towards their Queensland Certificate of Education after completing the program as YMCA is now accredited by the Queensland Studies Authority.”

Each year the program brings together participants in Brisbane in April to form committees and discuss ideas, and again in September for a residential program and the opportunity to debate their bills at Parliament House.

Between April and September committees will connect in person, via phone, or internet to write their bills, and to design and implement community action plans.

The Queensland Government provides annual funding of $65,000 to YMCA Queensland to run the program.

Nominations will close on Friday 23rd February 2018.

For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, email qypcoordinator@ymcabrisbane.org or go to www.ymcaqyp.org

Media contact: 4229 0100

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