YMCA NSW Youth Parliament is an empowerment and advocacy program that provides a platform for young people to have their voices heard through legislative debate and decision making.
Aimed at young people in years 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent age throughout the state, YMCA NSW Youth Parliament highlights the power of young people speaking on issues that are important to them.
Every participant’s potential to lead, learn and connect is nurtured through parliamentary education, community engagement, confidence building and teamwork. They develop their skills in creating social impact and positive change in a safe and supportive environment.
Since its beginning in 2002, approximately six pieces of YMCA NSW Youth Parliament youth legislation have been passed into NSW Law, including the recent Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.
If you are a young person who wants to explore creative solutions to the problems you believe are facing NSW and debate those ideas in NSW Parliament House in front of real Members of Parliament, apply to be a participant now!
The cost for participants is $700. This includes two camps and sitting days in Parliament House. We encourage young people experiencing financial difficulty to contact their local Member of Parliament or Council for support. Alternatively, you can contact our team for help finding support.
YMCA NSW Youth Parliament is run by young people, for young people.
The program is created, implemented and supported by a group of volunteers aged 18-24. The Taskforce (Taskies) are the lifeblood of Youth Parliament.
By joining YMCA NSW Youth Parliament as a Taskie you can make a difference to the lives of other young people throughout NSW while developing your skills and gaining experience in program development and facilitation. Leadership, welfare and parliamentary training are all provided.
The Taskforce is open to young people of all backgrounds, experiences and skills.
For more information contact our Youth Parliament Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.