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.
Check out our Youth Parliament 2018 Overview!
Youth Parliament Volunteer Taskforce (2019 applications now open)
Taskforce members bring the YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament program to life. They do a lot of the ‘behind the scenes’ organisation and planning, but they also mentor a team and support participants to write and debate bills. Without the time, expertise, commitment and dedication volunteered by each ‘Taskie’ the Youth Parliament program wouldn’t be possible.
This is your chance to become one of our amazing Taskforce members who make Youth Parliament happen each year. There are many roles available for you to choose from and is a great opportunity to practice your leadership skills, grow and develop professionally and personally, and build relationships for life. Is it time to make your mark and become a key influence for the many voices and opinion of South Australian young people?
All the information you need to apply is in the Frequently Asked Questions found in the below links (compulsory to read to apply)
Applications close midnight 21st of November 2018
For more information contact the Youth Empowerment Team on 8200 2514 or email email@example.com
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!
Youth Parliament archive
- YP 2018 Public Report PDF (1.96 MB)
- YP 2017 Bills and Acts PDF (1.89 MB)
- YP 2015 Bills and Acts PDF (1.24 MB)
- YP 2014 Bills and Acts PDF (1.49 MB)
- YP 2013 Bills and Acts PDF (1.32 MB)
- YP 2012 Bills and Acts PDF (677 KB)
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