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YMCA NSW Youth Parliament

Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Youth Parliament is an apolitical program that empowers young people to be advocates for their community! Young people have the opportunity to create solutions to the problems facing NSW and debate those ideas in NSW Parliament House in front of real MPs! 

What is involved?

Youth Parliament involves two camps: Training Camp and a Residential Camp. 

Participants are placed into committees based on the issues identified in their application. They then come together at a Training Camp. Participants meet face-to-face for the first time, write their bills and reports, and receive all the skills and training they will need when they get to Parliament.

At Residential Camp, participants spend four days of this week debating in the chambers of NSW Parliament House.  They have the opportunity advocate for their communities on a wide range of issues, with all passed legislation handed to the NSW Government and Opposition at the conclusion of the week. Mixed in with the Parliament sittings, participants enjoy recreational activities, a harbour cruise and so much more!   

Dates and Locations: 2016

Training Camp

  • Date: 14th - 17th of April 2016
  • Location: Vision Valley Conference Centre, Arcadia 

Residential Camp

  • Date: 10th - 16th of July (with a leadership training day on the 9th)
  • Location: Sydney Academy, Narrabeen

Is Youth Parliament Right for me?

Youth Parliament is offered to young people in years 10-12 or equivalent.

If you’re passionate about your community and the future of NSW, if you have an open mind and are willing to learn, and if you want to meet new people and have a life-changing experience, then Youth Parliament is right for you! 

Who runs the program?

The Youth Parliament program is run by a team of 28 volunteers called “The Taskforce,” lead by Program Coordinator Ruby-Lyn Ward. All taskforce members are past participants of the program. They are there to guide the participants on their leadership journey and empower them to unlock their inner leader and advocate!  

How much does it cost?

The cost of attending the program is $700. This covers two camps, and includes all meals, accommodation and transport while on camp (not including transport to and from camp).

What others have to say

“Educational, eye-opening, professional and just great”

“Youth Parliament has helped me to see beyond my own comfort zone and pushed me to do things that I would have never otherwise done”

 “I will be more confident in speaking, more confident in advocating for my community, more confident in standing up for what I believe in. I have discovered so much about myself”

“I have made life-long friends and that is all because of Youth Parliament. Thank you YMCA!”

“I would recommend this program to everyone in my community!”

What has been debated previously by Youth MPs?

Since 2001, over 100 Youth Bills, Reports, Matters of Public Importance and much more have been debated. Click on the links to read what has been debated in recent years.

How to apply

Applications for the 2016 program have now closed. More information on 2017 applications will be posted here later in the year. In the mean time, you can fill out our EOI form and be the first to receive updates on applications:

For more information please contact:

Ruby-Lyn Ward
Program Coordinator- Youth & Government
P: 02 9633 8284
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