A year 12 student from Xavier College in Gawler South Australia shared his experience in being part of the Youth Parliament in Adelaide.
I had the absolute pleasure of participating in the YMCA Youth Parliament. The youth parliament is a political program that gives youths an opportunity to have their opinions heard and expressed by other young leaders.
The programs began in early March where teams from throughout South Australia met for a training weekend where the teams had a chance to develop an understanding of parliamentary processes, bill writing and meet the other teams. The teams then had three months to produce a youth bill regarding an issue that they were passionate about.
The topics of these bills ranged everywhere from driving licenses for cyclists to the proposal to build a nuclear power station to battle South Australia’s on going power issues. These bills were then debated at parliament house over the course of the first week of the school holidays. During this time participants boarded at Rostrevor College.
This program was a fantastic experience through which I was able grow a deeper understanding of myself as well as communicate and create a network with young leaders from all parts of South Australia.
Source: Xavier College Gawler