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Powell Media Release – Applications open for Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (3 April 2014)

Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in Glass House have been encouraged to apply for the 2014 Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the program connected 40 Indigenous Queenslanders aged 18–25 years, who would be given an exciting opportunity to develop their leadership skills and learn about Parliament.

“The week-long program will be held from 21 to 26 June in Brisbane and features leadership and career development workshops, presentations and cultural activities,” Mr Powell said.

“The program will culminate in the Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament, which will see participants taking part in a mock parliamentary debate.

“During the mock parliament participants will speak for and against a proposed Bill and raise issues of personal importance in the presence of elected Members of Parliament.

“The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program delivers on the State Government’s commitment to restore accountability in government by exposing these young Queenslanders to the parliamentary process.”

Mr Powell said the program would help participants develop the skills and confidence to contribute to positive change in their communities.

“Participants will have the opportunity to work with mentors during the program and benefit from their inspiration, knowledge and experience,” he said.

“It’s also a great way to network with Elders and other Indigenous community leaders, as well as Members of Parliament and senior government representatives.”

The Queensland Government program will be delivered in partnership with Glencore Coal.

Applications close on Wednesday, 30 April 2014.

For more information on the Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program or to apply online visit www.qld.gov.au/atsi.

ENDS- 3 April 2014

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