YMCA Youth Press Gallery created an audio story that was broadcast on SYN FM on Tuesday 12 July 2016. Check it out here. By Rochelle Kirkham
Originally published in the Gannawarra Times. By Maggy Liu Six passionate young people from the Shire of Gannawarra have campaigned for the rights of rural youths at this year's YMCA Youth Parliament. In its 30th year, YMCA Youth Parliament is a program offering young Victorians the opportunity to have their voices heard and influence state … Continue reading Students Speak up for Rural Concerns
By Anthea Batsakis Young people from the Korin Gamadji Institute are speaking out against the gross under-representation of indigenous Australians in Victoria. After a heated debate, the KGI team passed a bill in YMCA Youth Parliament that would add a mandatory indigenous seat on every local council. Sponsoring team member Naki Kadd said the team … Continue reading Indigenous Students Stand up for Under-Representation in Victoria
By Maggy Liu If you were to guess the issue being discussed in Youth Parliament for the sixth time in its 30-year history, what would you say? Would it be gay marriage? Or maybe legalising marijuana? Perhaps euthanasia? Surprisingly, an issue first raised in 1987 is to lower the probationary driving age from 18 to … Continue reading 365 days until another P Plate discussion?
Nathan Fioritti Local Government Reporter Youth disengagement in politics has been a significant issue in Australia over the last few years, and is something which has been reflected within our national public discourse. In 2013 Kevin Rudd, our PM at the time, addressed the problem of “switched off” youth in a speech following his successful … Continue reading Young Members of Parliament Push for Youth Ambassadors in Local Councils