02 Feb 2021 News

Applications open for 2021 YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament

Applications are now open for the 2021 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program.

Now in its 35th year, the Andrews Labor Government is investing $160,000 to help make this year’s Youth Parliament accessible to young people of all abilities, and to support the continuation of YMCA’s Youth Press Gallery.

Youth Parliament is a forum for young people aged 16-25 to gain hands-on experience in the parliamentary process.

Each year, participants 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.

Applications for the 2021 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament program are open and will close Friday 19 March. For more information or to apply, visit vicyouth.ymca.org.au