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YMCA Youth & Government

YMCA Youth and Government programs are one of the ways we deliver on our commitment to providing opportunities for youth empowerment. In fact, the YMCA has been in the business of empowering young people since we first opened our doors over 160 years ago!

Run by young people for young people, our programs are more than just “youth leadership programs” – by connecting to real life processes and opportunities, they seek to empower young people to make a tangible difference to their communities. Apolitical in nature, they aim to promote youth-led advocacy and active community leadership.

We do this through the following Youth and Government programs:

Youth Parliament

Youth Parliament is designed to give young people between the ages of 15-18 a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government on a wide range of issues relevant to young people’s lives.

Junior Parliament

For students in Years 7-9, Junior Parliament introduces ‘Junior MPs’ to the legal and parliamentary processes of NSW and focuses on personal development and growth as community leaders.

Parliament Primary School

A short-term program for students in Years 4-6, Parliament Primary School introduces the idea of parliamentary processes as an opportunity for young people to create and advocate for change.

Think Tanks

Think Tanks are one-day forums designed to empower young people to investigate, debate and formulate ideas on issues that are the topic of a parliamentary inquiry or department consultation.