The YMCA NSW strengthens communities by engaging young people with development opportunities and helping individuals overcome challenges and achieve personal goals.
YMCA Youth Parliament nurtures the potential of young people to lead, learn and connect to their community and be advocates for causes about which they are passionate. The program empowers young people with opportunities to voice their ideas, passions and experiences in a parliamentary format in order to propose positive change for their futures. The YMCA Youth Parliament initiative also provides opportunities for young people who wouldn’t normally get the platform to participate in a leadership program.
Youth Parliament is run by young people, for young people with leadership training and industry mentoring provided to all our young volunteers (taskforce).
Youth Parliament is for young people in years 8, 9,10, 11, 12 or equivalent age. 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.
Established in NSW in 2002, the program is offered state wide and accepts young people from all areas. In 2016, the program supported 206 young people across the state.
How much does it cost?
The cost for participants is $740, which includes two camps and Parliament House sitting days. The costs include an Opal card topped up with $40. If you'd like to pay for your own transport, the cost is $700.
We encourage young people experiencing financial difficulty to contact their local MP or Council for support or contact our team to help you find support.
For more information contact our Youth Parliament Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What's coming up
- Training camp – 4–7 July 2017
- Residential camp – 23–30 Sept 2017
- NSW Parliament sitting days – 25–26 and 28–29 Sept 2017
The program relies heavily on volunteers and donations for support.
- $2,316 supports one young person (including two camps and attendance at Parliament House
- $2,500 supports one rural young person (including two camps, attendance at Parliament House and transport