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.

DCA mentor Tahlia and the Deaf Team having fun at their weekend away at Lake Dewar Lodge

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

For the first time, there will now be a deaf team involved in the Youth Parliament. Our team has now been chosen and is busy preparing for their upcoming week in Parliament – meet them below! DCA also wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Department of Health and Human Services in providing funding towards the cost of interpreting and other access needs for our Team during their big week.