2024 Youth Parliament NSW Applications Close Soon

Written by: The Hawkesbury Phoenix


Make your voice heard in NSW Youth Parliament 2024.

There is just one week remaining for local young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 (or equivalent age) to apply for this year’s Youth Parliament run by the Y NSW.

The Y is seeking applicants who have a passion for creating change in their communities from all 93 NSW state electorates to express interest.

The Y (formerly YMCA) Youth Parliament provides a unique platform for individuals to actively participate in the democratic process and advocate for issues that they are passionate about.

Participants will have the chance to draft, debate, and advocate for mock youth-focused legislation, gaining invaluable insights into the workings of government and policy development.

The Y is committed to making Youth Parliament accessible to all young people and welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and interests to apply, with eligible individuals able to apply under a scholarship.

Interim CEO of the Y NSW Prue Warrilow said there was no specific experience required to be involved in Youth Parliament.

“We strive for diversity in the cohort and support individuals facing adversity, marginalisation or disadvantage where possible,” Ms Warrilow said.

“This includes representation from rural and remote areas whose unique perspectives play a crucial role in shaping the discussions and policies at the Youth Parliament.”

Hamani Tanginoa is a proud Wiradjuri, Dharug, Dunghutti, Gooreng Gooreng and Tongan man, and past Youth Parliament participant who is now part of the Youth Parliament team as Youth Voice Coordinator.

A passionate trailblazer, unafraid to stand up for the rights of marginalised young people, Hamani Tanginoa began his Y journey as a Youth Parliament representative in 2018 at just 16.

As a Y NSW and Camden Council Young Leader Hamani made history as the first Aboriginal Youth Premier for NSW.

“I entered Youth Parliament six years ago with a burning desire to effect change,” Hamani said.

“As a young, gay, Aboriginal man, I have endured discrimination. “I wanted to support others with similar experiences by introducing legislation that would empower and educate.”

There are many benefits of being involved in Youth Parliament. Youth Parliament provides a unique platform for young people to actively learn about the democratic process and how to advocate for issues that they are passionate about.

Each committee is paired with an industry expert and mentored and supported by Y staff and the volunteer taskforce.

Throughout the six-month program, participants develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, build leadership skills, gain confidence, form lifelong friendships and more.

"As an Aboriginal Youth Parliament participant, this program became the catalyst for my journey in leadership.


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