Young lead­ers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

TWO Como res­i­dents took part in YMCA WA’s Youth Par­lia­ment pro­gram, which pro­vides young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their lead­er­ship skills.

TWO Como res­i­dents took part in YMCA WA’s Youth Par­lia­ment pro­gram, which pro­vides young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their lead­er­ship skills and learn about the po­lit­i­cal process in a fo­rum like no other.

Jemima Reid and Darci Miller were two of 59 par­tic­i­pants who took part in the pro­gram last week.

“I be­lieve that through my par­tic­i­pa­tion in Youth Par­lia­ment, I will not only gain a greater un­der­stand­ing of pol­i­tics and the way Par­lia­ment works but also broaden my views about is­sues that my gen­er­a­tion will face in the fu­ture,” Miss Reid said.

The pro­gram was held at Point Wal­ter Recre­ation Cen­tre and Par­lia­ment House and en­abled young peo­ple to have a par­lia­men­tary ex­pe­ri­ence while de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship skills, mak­ing new friends and build­ing a net­work of like­minded peo­ple who care about the is­sues young peo­ple are fac­ing.

YMCA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ross Kyr­wood said he be­lieved this year’s par­tic­i­pants, rang­ing in age from 15 to 24, would gain a lot from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Youth Par­lia­ment em­bod­ies our be­lief in the power of in­spired young peo­ple,” he said.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence will al­low young peo­ple to voice their opin­ions on is­sues that are im­por­tant to them.

“Par­tic­i­pants are sup­ported by past par­tic­i­pants who vol­un­teer on the lead­er­ship task­force team, YMCA WA staff and part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions for each Bill they pre­sented at Par­lia­ment.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Jemima Reid (18) and Darci Miller(24) took part in the YMCA Youth Par­lia­ment. d471315

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