Apply for Indigenous Youth Parliament places
THE call is going out for local indigenous youth to apply for the 2014 National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP).
All Indigenous Australians aged 16 to 25 are encouraged to apply now for the NIYP, which is a week-long leadership program for young Indigenous Australians, t o be held i n Canberra in May.
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) Victorian indigenous community engagement officer, Darren Williams, said this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 50 young Indigenous Australians to travel to Canberra to learn directly from the people making decisions that affect their communities.
“No specific skills or experience are required,” Mr Williams said.
“But we hope young I ndigenous Australians from Victoria who are passionate about issues and willing to stand up and have a say will seize this great opportunity.
“They’ll get expert training in public speaking and in dealing with the media, and meet members of parliament and other national leaders.”
NIYP will be held f r om May 28 to June 3, with the centrepiece of the program being a t wo- day simulated parliament in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House where participants will debate bills and important issues.
Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, March 10.
Participants will be chosen based on their ideas and interest in government and
parliament and their potential leadership skills.
Information and application forms are available at www.aec.gov.au/Indigenous.
The Youth Parliament is run by the AEC in collaboration with the YMCA and Museum
of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.