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.

Youth Parliament 2020 Updates

Training Weekend (originally the 25th-26th April) - CANCELLED

We regret to announce that the Training Weekend scheduled to take place on the weekend of the 25th-26th of April has been cancelled. This decision was made with the best interests of our participants, Taskforce and special guests in mind.

In its place, the Youth Parliamentarians will receive high-quality online training over the course of the following months. They will still receive mentoring from our dedicated Taskforce members and work together in Committees via online video chats to develop Youth Bills.

Parliament Week (originally 12th-17th July) – RESCHEDULED

The residential camp week (Parliament Week) is still proceeding, however the dates have been moved to the September/October holidays (27th September – 2nd October) to ensure the ongoing safety of our participants and community. Current applicants and stakeholders have also been contacted directly regarding financial

Check out our Youth Parliament 2020 Overview for more information about 2020's program.

For more information please email sayouth@ymca.org.au or phone 8298 7422

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.