Moyne Youth Parliament
Youth Parliament at a Glance
Youth Parliament is an annual residential program run by the Y that draws together 20 teams (each comprised of 6 young people aged 16-25) from across Victoria to advocate for issues that matter to them. Across the span of 5 months, participants will learn about the Victorian legislative system, develop advocacy and community leadership skills, and create and debate their own proposed legislation (Bill) on an issue that they are passionate about.
The program is delivered in three blocks:
Off-Camp (Term One and Two):
In the lead up to the residential camps, teams will meet periodically with a mentor from the Youth Parliament Taskforce. In these meetings, participants will:
- Brainstorm potential bill topics and elect their three most preferred Bill topics
- Be assigned a Bill topic from their preferences to create and debate their Bill on
- Be supported in the drafting and finalising of their Bill
- Be introduced to the parliamentary debate structure and etiquette
Participants will also be given the opportunity to meet with a stakeholder and/or Member of Parliament in the area of their Bill topic to discuss their Bill and advocate for change directly.
Training Weekend (26th – 28th May):
Length: Three day residential camp at Lake Dewar Discovery Camp
Purpose: Prepare teams for everything that they need to know from debate structure to media training. Across the weekend, participants will:
- Finalise understanding in key training areas such as parliamentary etiquette and debate
- Engage in practice parliamentary debates
- Engage in media training and be interviewed on their Bill by the Youth Press Gallery
- Establish the Chambers for Sitting Week including appointment of leadership roles (Chamber Leaders and Youth Premier)
- Engage in skill development sessions covering topics such as confidence and leadership
Week of Youth Parliament (25th – 30th June):
Length: Six day residential camp at Lake Dewar Discovery Camp
Purpose: Youth Parliamentarians attend the camp and Parliament House to apply all that they have learned, debate their Bills and continue to develop important leadership and advocacy skills. Across the week, participants will:
- Connect with a community of change makers
- Continue to build leadership and advocacy skills while at campsite through tailor-made sessions
- Travel by bus on the 26th, 27th, and 29th of June to Parliament House to participate in the Youth Parliament sitting week
- Gain practical experience in the parliamentary debating process – participating as both the sponsor (arguing for) and refuter (arguing against) roles for debate on Youth Parliament Bills
- Be given the opportunity to conduct a short speech (adjournment debate) directed to a state MP on an issue they are passionate about
- Available to attend a minimum of four x 1 hour workshops (via zoom) to develop the Bill
- Some individual prep work at home
- Able to attend the weekend residential camp (compulsory)
- Able to attend Parliament (in the school holidays) – compulsory
All program costs including accommodation and transport to the residential camps and youth parliament week will be covered by Moyne Shire Council through the Victorian Government ENGAGE! funds.
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest are now open to join our 2023 Moyne NextGen! Youth Parliament Team.
Register your interest here by Friday 9 December.
If you have any questions please contact Bec Elmes at firstname.lastname@example.org