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YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament is a non-partisan program providing a platform for young people aged 15 - 25 to have their say on important issues, build skills and parliamentary understanding. It focuses on personal development, empowerment and connecting politicians and decision makers with youth voices and opinions.

The Youth Parliament program runs from March to August every year and includes mentoring, a training weekend, a week-long camp and access to Parliament House. Every year, young leaders come together to learn about public speaking, parliamentary etiquette, bill development and youth advocacy. They share their big ideas, discuss the challenges facing South Australia and create solutions in the form of Youth Bills.

Taskforce Applications have Opened for YP 2021!

If you want to learn some new skills and help deliver our best program EVER, become a Taskie (part of the Taskforce) for Youth Parliament 2021. Check out our frequently asked questions below and apply now!

Applications close:11:59 pm Friday, 27th November 2020

Still have a question? Drop us a line at sayouth@ymca.org.au

What is the Youth Parliament Taskforce?

The Taskforce is made up of a selected group of 16 young people (plus the elected Youth Governor) who have previously been involved in the program. They take on leadership roles brining the YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament program to life. They do a lot of the “behind the scenes” organisation and planning, while also mentoring the teams of Youth Parliamentarians and support them to write and debate their Youth Bills.

Without the time, expertise, commitment, and dedication volunteered by each “Taskie” the Youth Parliament program would not be possible.

Who manages the Taskforce?

Youth Parliament is managed by the YMCA South Australia staff. The program is supported by the Head of Community Strengthening, Marion Modra, and the Youth Empowerment team supports the Taskforce to organise and run the Program. The team are:

  • Susan Britza, Youth Parliament Coordinator
  • Amy Mackenzie, Youth Empowerment Camping Director
What does the Taskforce do?

Taskforce members are first and foremost members of the team who put the program together. This means they –

  • Support all fellow Taskforce members and share responsibility for team performance and results
  • Attend and actively contribute to all meetings
  • Communicate openly and share regular updates, successes, and challenges with the team
  • Complete tasks to a high standard and within the agreed timeframe
  • Work in a professional manner always
  • Commit to continual learning and skill development

Secondly, they are mentors who support participants and assist teams to complete all aspects of the program. This means they –

  • Support and mentor a team of participants
  • Create and encourage a positive, inclusive culture among participants
  • Coordinate and run team meetings
  • Assist your team to develop and write a Youth Bill
  • Encourage your team to engage with their community on issues they care about
  • Support your team through all aspects of the program (e.g. training weekend, Bill development, Parliament Week).
What changes have been made for 2021?

From feedback received from the 2020 Taskforce, the structure for the 2021 has changed slightly. The Logistics & Wellbeing portfolio has been divided into two portfolios with better focus. The Logistics & Operations portfolios with now handle the coordination, scheduling, day-to-day operations, and event management. The Recreation & Wellbeing portfolio is responsible for the social and emotion wellbeing of the participants and Taskforce, while also balancing the program with fun and inclusive activities.

However, should there need to be a review on Taskforce numbers based on applicants, numbers, and preferences, this will be done with the best interest of the program in mind.

Youth Parliament Archive

School workshops and mock parliament sessions

Are you a school teacher? Did you know YMCA South Australia run school workshops and mock Parliament debates for years 7 and up? Get in touch with us to find out how we can bring Civics and Citizenship to life and make learning about politics and Parliament fun!

Powerful experiences and great memories

What previous participants have to say . . .

When I signed up for youth parliament this year, I didn't really know what to expect. I thought I might improve my public speaking skills, maybe gain a bit more confidence. What I didn't expect was to have one of the best weeks of my life, and to learn more than I could ever have learnt in any classroom.

2015 Youth Parliamentarian

On this program I met so many great people. I was amazed at the diversity and like-mindedness of the other Youth Parliamentarians. Some of these people opened my eyes to issues that I have never even heard of before.

2015 Youth Parliamentarian

Contact Us

For more information please contact the YMCA South Australia Youth Empowerment team on (08) 8200 2514.
sayouth@ymca.org.au