Calling All Aspiring Young Politicians
Sunshine Coast youth are being encouraged to stand up and join the 2013 YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament.
Caloundra MP Mark McArdle said applications were being taken for young people between 15 and 25 years to take a seat in their very own parliament.
The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament, in its 18th year, is made up of representatives from the 89 state electorates with an additional four positions for Indigenous electorates.
Mr McArdle said the youth parliament was a great opportunity for young people to witness and take part in the democratic process.
‘’This is a program designed to teach valuable skills and for young people to gain experience,’’ Mr McArdle said.
‘’It’s a great platform to help prepare them to become future community leaders as well.
‘’The practical program develops debating, negotiating and leadership skills and participants then put these skills to the test at Parliament House in Brisbane in September.’’
More than 1500 young people have participated in the program and have gone on to fulfil varied roles in the community including members of parliament, doctors, miners, lawyers and army personnel.
The Newman Government provides $56,000 annually to assist the YMCA deliver the six month program and ensure young people needing assistance to take part are able to do so.
Mr McArdle said not only do members get a chance to learn practical skills but they also get an insider’s look at what it’s like to be a parliamentarian.
‘’Learning about parliamentary rules, writing bills and debating them in the parliamentary chamber is all a part of the experience,’’ Mr McArdle said.
‘’I’m calling out to teachers, parents and community representatives to encourage and support young people who they think would be great candidates to apply.’’
Applications close 22 February 2013 and information is available from http://www.ymcaqyp.org/.