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Nominations open for YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Are you aged 15 to 25 years?  Do you live in the Glass House electorate?  Are you passionate about our community?  Are you interested in the parliamentary process?  If you answered “yes” then it’s time to make your voice heard through the 2021 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said that since 1996, the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament had brought young people together to learn about our democracy, connect with their peers and have a say about important issues facing our state.

“I encourage young people to nominate for this program to assist them to build their leadership skills and learn about influencing change,” Mr Powell said.

“Each year the program brings together 93 young people, representing each electorate in the state.”

“It has a strong history of empowering young people to take up challenges to become leaders of the future.”

Participants in Years 11 and 12 are also eligible to receive one point towards their Queensland Certificate of Education upon the completion of their term as Youth Members, as the program is accredited by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

This year the program will bring participants together in Brisbane in April, to form legislative committees and discuss ideas, and again in September for a residential program and the opportunity to debate their bills at Parliament House.

Between April and September committees will collaborate to write their bills, as well as design and implement community action plans.

Nominations opened on 25 January and will close on Sunday 14 February 2021.

For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, email qypcoordinator@ymcabrisbane.org or go to www.ymcaqyp.org.au.

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