93 teenagers and young adults will be presented the opportunity to change Queensland laws in 2022, with nominations now open for the 27th YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.
Each year, one Youth Member age 15-25 is selected for every electorate in Queensland, forming the Queensland Youth Parliament.
Queensland Youth Parliament Coordinator, Daniel Patava, says the program is an incredible chance for any young Queenslander wanting to make a difference.
“The program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people across the state to present bills in Queensland’s Parliament House, debate issues of importance to them, gain first-hand experience being a Member of Parliament, and proudly represent their electorate,” Mr Patava said.
“There are so many young people today who are extremely passionate about issues of concern to them; they want their voices heard and this is a fantastic avenue to instigate the change they want to see."
“Anyone aged 15-25 with a passion for change can nominate for YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament. We are looking for enthusiastic young people who want to use their voice to make a positive impact.”
The 2022 Youth Governor of Queensland, Portia Allison, describes Queensland Youth Parliament as one of the most important youth programs in the state.
“No other program allows you to experience life as a parliamentarian quite like this one. You learn a lot about yourself and the parliamentary system,” Ms Allison said.
“Those selected across the state in 2022 will embark upon a year-long program of bill-writing, community engagement and personal development."
“Youth Parliament also forges strong friendships through teamwork, community outreach and many fun experiences.”
YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is an accredited education program supported by the Queensland Government, and students can receive credit towards their Queensland Certificate of Education upon completion.
Nominations will remain open until Sunday 20 February 2022. For more information on the program or to apply, visit www.ymcaqyp.org.au.