Deb encouraging young people to apply for Youth Parliament
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, is encouraging young people from the Nanango Electorate to apply for a position in the upcoming 2017 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.
Mrs Frecklington said this year’s youth parliament would kick off with a forum from 7-9 April in Brisbane, including a formal launch at Parliament House.
“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,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“These young parliamentarians are selected to represent the 89 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 selected to participate.
“Last year our Youth Member was Kirsten Butters from Maidenwell. These types of opportunities are so important for our young people so we can encourage them to get involved and learn more about how they can initiate change to tackle issues and help improve our communities.
“All Youth Members are involved in committee meetings, mentoring, training and research to help produce the Bills to be debated at Parliament House during the residential week from 24-30 September.”
“Applications for the 2017 program close on 27 February, so I would encourage anyone interested to get in quick,” she said.
“Youth Parliament teaches young people about the government decision-making process, while providing an excellent leadership opportunity for those who may one day become our future decision makers,” she said.
The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is also a Queensland Studies Authority accredited educational program. Young people currently in Year 11 or Year 12 who undertake the YMCA QYP program will receive one (1) point towards their Queensland Certificate of Education upon their successful completion of the program.
For more information about the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, go to http://www.ymcaqyp.org.au/