Young lead­ers try MPS’ shoes

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Can you see a fu­ture for your­self as an MP? Or are you are just cu­ri­ous about how par­lia­ment works? Here is your chance to have your voice heard and to ex­pe­ri­ence first- hand how de­ci­sions are made that im­pact all of New Zealand.

Young peo­ple are now in­vited to ap­ply to be a part of Youth Par­lia­ment 2013.

If suc­cess­ful, you will join 121 other Youth MPs when they take over Par­lia­ment on July 16 and 17.

Taupo MP Louise Up­ston is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from young peo­ple aged 16 to 18 to be in­cluded in the Youth MP se­lec­tion process.

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for this po­si­tion will be re­quired to sub­mit a writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tion to Ms Up­ston. The ap­pli­ca­tions should show­case why you would be a pos­i­tive ad­di­tion to the Youth Par­lia­ment and in­clude a cover state­ment of 200 words. A short­listed group will par­tic­i­pate in an in­ter­view and de­liver a brief speech on what their pri­or­i­ties would be if they were Min­is­ter of Youth Devel­op­ment.

‘‘I want to hear from young peo­ple who are will­ing to get out and en­gage with the youth in their com­mu­nity to gather their views and rep­re­sent them in Par­lia­ment’’ Ms Up­ston said.

Youth Par­lia­ment 2013 is a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity for young New Zealan­ders to share their views and the views of their peers with the coun­try’s de­ci­sion-mak­ers. Held once ev­ery par­lia­men- tary term, Youth Par­lia­ment gives young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand and par­tic­i­pate in Par­lia­ment and the de­ci­sion­mak­ing process.

Nom­i­nated Youth MPs will hold the ti­tle from May 1 to De­cem­ber 31, 2013. They are ex­pected to en­gage with their com­mu­nity dur­ing this time, so all New Zealand youth have the op­por­tu­nity to have their voice heard.

Youth Par­lia­ment 2013 is or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Youth Devel­op­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Of­fice of the Speaker of the House, the Of­fice of the Clerk, the Par­lia­men­tary Ser­vice and MPs.

Con­tact: Libby O’Brien on 04 817 8231 or libby.obrien@par­lia­ment.

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