We have strong voice, says Youth Par­lia­ment mem­ber

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SAFETY Bay res­i­dent Naomi Hart (16) learnt about the po­lit­i­cal process with YMCA WA’s Youth Par­lia­ment pro­gram.

The pro­gram pro­vides young peo­ple with op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their lead­er­ship skills and learn about pol­i­tics in a fo­rum like no other.

“Youth Par­lia­ment was sug­gested to me by my ATAR Pol­i­tics and Law teacher, so I de­cided to ap­ply to play an ac­tive role in the process that shapes Aus­tralia,” Naomi said.

The pro­gram took place at Point Wal­ter Recre­ation Cen­tre and Par­lia­ment House.

Naomi said the big­gest chal­lenge for young peo­ple in WA was that the wrong www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471315 peo­ple were cur­rently be­ing heard.

“Our gen­er­a­tion is stereo­typed as be­ing lazy and a whole bunch of other neg­a­tive things but it’s just be­cause those peo­ple are given the most at­ten­tion,” she said.

“As a col­lec­tive group I feel that the young peo­ple of WA have a strong voice and are pas­sion­ate about the rights of Aus­tralians and the fu­ture that they want to cre­ate for our State.”

YMCA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ross Kyr­wood said Youth Par­lia­ment em­bod­ied YMCA’s be­lief in the power of in­spired young peo­ple.

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

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Naomi Hart be­lieves young peo­ple are pas­sion­ate about the rights of Aus­tralians.

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