YMCA Youth Parliament
Deaf Children Australia (DCA) and YMCA Victoria are pleased to announce our new partnership to progress our shared goal to empower young people to take active roles in their communities.
Our first exciting initiative together is Deaf Children Australia’s involvement in the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament. For the past 30 years, this program has given young Victorians between the ages of 16 – 25 a chance to be heard at the highest levels of State Government, on a wide range of issues that matter to young people.
A total of twenty teams with six participants each will receive training in public speaking and leadership skills at camp at Lake Dewar Lodge YMCA, as they research issues that they feel strongly about. From this research, the teams will work together to make a Bill, and debate this in Victorian Parliament. The training weekend will be held from 26 – 28 May and the week long residential camp, including 3 days of debate in Parliament House, will be from 2 – 7 July.
The Bills provide the Victorian Government with a greater understanding of what issues are important to young people. The Bill you help create could change Victorian law.
More than 25 pieces of State Legislation have come from the Youth Parliament, including:
- Roadside Drug Testing for Drivers
- Over the Counter Availability of the Morning After Pill
- Mandatory Wearing of a Bicycle Helmet
- Removal of Glass from Identified High-Risk Entertainment Venues
- Gun Reformation Laws
Our 2017 team had a wonderful time at Parliament Week and passed their Public Transport Accessibility Bill. The team have continued to work with PTV after the conclusion of Youth Parliament to help inform accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing commuters. Our 2018 Youth Parliament Team has been assembled and we look forward to bringing you their stories soon!
Meet the 2018 Youth Parliament Team
What I do: Auslan interpreter & Swimming teacher
Why I joined Youth Parliament: I joined Youth Parli to show my support to the Deaf community, as they have given me soo much over the years and as a personal challenge for myself to step outside my comfort zone. Also I really like captions !!!