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​​Youth Empowerment

The YMCA's commitment to young people is in our DNA! We value the uniqueness and diversity of young people, and seek to support and empower young people to reach their full potential an​​d develop resilience.  Today's young people are not just leaders of to​morrow – they are leaders of today!

Each year, over 1 million participants are recorded in a YMCA Youth program, and empowering young people is one of our key areas of focus.

YMCA Youth Parliament

The YMCA's flagship national YMCA program is YMCA Youth Parliament, which is held annually in every state and territory across Australia.

The program is designed to give young people between the ages of 16-25 a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government on a wide range of issues relevant to young people's lives.  Participants receive training in public speaking and leadership at residential camps, as they research issues they're passionate about.  The programs provides young people with a great personal and professional development opportunity, and the bills they develop are handed to the relevant ministers, and provide the government with insight into what issues are important to young Australians.

Contact your local head office, YMCA Victoria, YMCA NSW, YMCA Perth, YMCA SA, YMCA Top End, YMCA Hobart, for details on their annual Youth Parliament programs.  (LINK TO ALL Association Websites)

Indigenous Youth Parliament

The National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) is a partnership project with the Australian Electoral Commission, and YMCA.  It is an arm of the YMCA Youth Parliament program designed specifically for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16 to 25 who are interested in learning about Australia's democracy. It complements the state based programs which also include many Indigenous young people.  The aim of the program is to help empower young Indigenous Australians in electoral participation.

For more information visit http://www.aec.gov.au/indigenous/niyp/

"We learned we all have the power to make a difference," Audrey Inkamala, Indigenous Youth Parliament Participant, 2014.  (add picture of Audey)

CLICK HERE to find the nearest YMCA Youth Service