Published on 19 February 2021
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is urging young Peninsula leaders to get involved with the Victorian Youth Parliament.
The Youth Parliament is a forum for young people aged 16-25 to gain hands-on experience in the parliamentary process.
It gives young people from across Victoria the chance to draft, debate and vote on bills in a three-day intensive sitting held in the chambers of the Victorian Parliament. Bills that pass Youth Parliament are presented to government for consideration.
Youth Parliament has helped shape more than 30 Victorian laws, including the mandatory wearing of bike helmets and banning the sale of soft drinks in government schools.
Before Youth Parliament sits in September, participants will attend a training camp in August to develop their teamwork, public speaking and leaderships skills.
Applications for the 2021 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program are now open and will close Friday 19 March. For more information or to apply, visit vicyouth.ymca.org.au
Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“I strongly believe our young people should be encouraged to have a voice and contribute to the decisions that affect their lives.”
“It’s so important for the voice of young people to be heard and their ideas shared with the world at large. They have a unique perspective and deserve to have a say on the issues most important to them.”
Quotes attributable to Deputy Mayor Councillor Sarah Race:
“I believe passionately in giving agency and a voice to our youth.”
“I want to encourage all our young people to consider applying to be part of the Victorian Youth Parliament. It might just be the boost you need to run for Council!”