​YMCA Youth P​arliament

The YMCA's flagship national 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 provide young people with a great personal and professional development opportunity, and the bills they develop are handed to relevant ministers, providing the government with insights about issues important to young Australians.

Contact your local head office for more information about Youth Parliament in your state:
YMCA Victoria, YMCA NSW, YMCA Perth, YMCA SA, YMCA Top End, YMCA Hobart, YMCA Brisbane 
for details on their annual Youth Parliament programs.

Indigenous Youth Parliam​ent

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.​