Emerg­ing lead­ers

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS | WELCOME - Jessica McGrath Jessica.Mcgrath@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

YOUNG Cen­tral and North Bur­nett lead­ers are en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate to rep­re­sent the Cal­lide elec­torate at this year’s YMCA Youth Par­lia­ment.

Youth min­is­ter Di Farmer en­cour­aged as­pir­ing lead­ers aged 15 to 25 to put their hands up for the pro­gram which gave them the op­por­tu­nity to make their voices heard.

“This pro­gram is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for our young Queens­lan­ders to learn lead­er­ship skills and speak about the is­sues they re­ally care about,” she said.

This will be the 24th year of Youth Par­lia­ment, which has con­nected young peo­ple with their peers, their com­mu­nity, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and helped them cre­ate net­works to ex­tend into their work­ing life.

“Youth Par­lia­ment of­fers our best and bright­est young minds the chance to speak pas­sion­ately on the sub­jects that in­spire them,” Ms Farmer said.

“Im­por­tantly, the ex­pe­ri­ence can pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with op­por­tu­ni­ties to build im­por­tant life skills like pub­lic-speak­ing, de­ci­sion-mak­ing, and team­work.”

The YMCA Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment sup­ports the State Govern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties of cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to en­gage with the govern­ment.

“They will see how Par­lia­ment works first-hand and be given a plat­form there to have their voices heard,” she said.

“It’s al­ways so mean­ing­ful to see our young rep­re­sen­ta­tives de­bate the is­sues, and for us to see what Bills get passed.”

The Youth Par­lia­ment pro­gram will be­gin in Bris­bane dur­ing Youth Week in April and run un­til Oc­to­ber.

To nom­i­nate visit the YMCA Queens­land Youth Par­lia­ment web­site.

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