YMCA Think Tanks

The YMCA NSW Think Tank program is a collection of events that give young people, aged 15-24 years, the opportunity to make a direct impact on issues in NSW through submissions to Parliamentary and Government inquiries and consultations as well as through small-scale action projects. The YMCA NSW Think Tank program hosts two types of events: Policy Working Days and Action Days.

Policy Working Days are day-long forums that empower young people to investigate, debate and come to an agreement on an issue that is currently the topic of a Parliamentary Inquiry or department consultation. Selected delegates are then supported by volunteers to write a submission that outlines the Think Tank’s views and proposes solutions to the issue.

Action Days are day-long forums that empower young people to instigate practical change on an issue they are passionate about. In groups, delegates participate in a training day designed to produce innovative solutions to a range of issues. This will culminate in a presentation to pitch their solution to a panel to seek seed funding from the YMCA to start a short-term program or project (preferably connected with a YMCA centre). The successful group will be supported by volunteers to implement the project or program.

The rundown: 2014
We’re kicking off the Think Tank program with two regional Policy Working Days, focused on the impacts of gambling. The content discussed at these Policy Working Days will shape a submission into a current Parliamentary Inquiry focused on gambling. Further information about this current inquiry can be found here:

http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/Parlment/committee.nsf/0/6F6CFBD934E90E94CA257C310004B45E?open&refnavid=CO4_1

Details of the two regional Policy Working Days are as follows:

1. Erina Policy Working Day
Date: Friday, 21 February 2014
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Location: The Erina Centre (adjacent to Erina Fair Library, The Hive, Erina Fair Shopping Centre), Terrigal Drive, Erina NSW

To register for this event, please fill out this form: http://www.jotformpro.com/YMCANSWYthParl/Erina

2. Wollongong Policy Working Day
Date: Monday, 24 February 2014
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Location: Wollongong City Library (41 Burelli St, Wollongong)

To register for this event, please fill out this form: http://www.jotformpro.com/YMCANSWYthParl/Wollongong

For further information, please contact:

Geeth Geeganage
Think Tank Coordinator
E: g.geeganage@gmail.com

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