Thursday 11th February, 2020
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, is encouraging young people in the Glass House electorate to apply to become the 2020 Youth Member for Glass House in the upcoming annual YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.
“Nominations are already open for you to apply for this year’s Youth Parliament and I’m on the lookout for the next Youth Member for this wonderful part of the world,” said Mr Powell.
The Youth Parliament forum will be held from April 3-5 in Parliament House at Brisbane and includes a formal lunch.
“More than 90 young people aged 15 to 25 will be selected to discuss the issues facing our youth and develop legislation that they will debate later in the year,” Mr Powell explained.
“These young Parliamentarians are selected to represent the 93 Queensland electorates based on their enthusiasm, ability to represent their communities and interest and passion for issues affecting Queensland.”
Four Indigenous members will also be specially selected to participate in the program.
“These types of opportunities are so important for our young people so that we can encourage them to get involved and learn more about how they can initiate change in the real world. There’s every chance that some Youth Members will go on to be future Members of Parliament one day.”
All Youth Members are involved in committee meetings, mentoring, training and research to help produce the Bills to be debated at Parliament House from September 27 to October 3.
“Youth Parliament mimics the way we operate in Parliament House as sitting Members. It’s a terrific way to get your foot in the door if you’re wanting a career in politics.”
Applications for the 2020 program close on February 16, so I encourage anyone interested to get in quick.”
Youth Members are also given the option to work collaboratively with their respective MP if they would like to.
“Jack McSweeny, the 2019 Youth Member for Glass House, often instigated meetings with me to discuss current issues and his ideas for Glass House.”
“I really appreciated being able to get a young person’s insight on issues that matter to them and look forward to having similar discussions with the 2020 Youth Member.”
“As my final push, let me just say this. Youth Parliament teaches young people about the government decision-making process, while providing excellent leadership and mentoring opportunities for those who may one day become our future decision makers,” finished Mr Powell.
For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament and to access the application form, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjd49qmf3-qISvTxUuFt43lqtFxaaqujUuJOPm6Gu5nxiBXw/viewform
Ends 11 February 2020