YMCA NSW Youth Parliament

The YMCA New South Wales Youth Parliament is a program that gives young people a voice in the running of NSW. It is a place where the opinions and concerns of young people in NSW are heard by those who have the power to make laws.

The program aims to promote youth-led advocacy, active community leadership and legal and parliamentary education.

In issue-based committees of ten, young people are empowered to create a Bill with the aim of solving a problem that they are passionate about. They research the problem, propose alternative solutions and negotiate amongst themselves the best possible solution. This Bill is then debated on the floor of the NSW Legislative Assembly as part of week-long residential camp. As en education program, Youth Parliament is a realistic simulation of NSW Parliament – Youth Parliamentarians follow the same processes and procedure as their adult counterparts do, and also participate in Question Time, Matters of Public Importance and Private Members Business.

This year’s committees are:
In the Legislative Assembly:
– Women’s Affairs
– Rural and Regional Affairs
– Police and Emergency Services
– Land Use and Infrastructure Planning
– Justice and Law Reform
– Infrastructure, Planning and Transport
– Environment and Heritage
– Education
– Communities
– Ageing and Disability Services
– Aboriginal Affairs
– Health
– Family and Community Services

In the Legislative Council:
– Women’s Affairs
– Mental Health
– Indigenous Health
– Housing
– Educational Infrastructure and Planning
– Drug and Alcohol Policy Reform
– Criminal Justice

Youth Parliamentarians are advocates for young people across New South Wales on a range of issues – they do however have specific responsibility for their electorates. Young people can be nominated by Members of the NSW Parliament or apply to take part in the program.

The Rundown: 2014

Official Launch Events:
This year we are holding three official launch events to get the program under way! The Youth MPs will meet for the first time and join with Memebers of Parliament and YMCA staff members to begin their roles as advocates for their communities.

The details of the three launches are:
1. Erina Centre, 21st of February. This day also involves a YMCA Think Tank Policy Working Day.
2. Wollongong Library, 24th of February. This day also involves Think Tank event.
3. NSW Parliament House, 27th of February.

YP involves two camps:

Training Camp: 13th – 16th April 2014

This will be a chance to meet all of the Youth MP’s and Youth MLCs for 2014 and getting some assistance and training to help you write your bills.

Residential Camp: 6th – 12th July 2014

During this time your team has the opportunity to make final adjustments to your bills, have some fun and present your bills to MPs, MLCs and State Ministers in NSW Parliament House.

Our sitting days this year are the 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th of July.

For further information, please contact:

Beth Laurenson
Youth Parliament Coordinator
E: beth.laurenson@ymca.org.au

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