Youth

The Perks of Breast Milk

July 27, 2016

By Anthea Batsakis Young people in Victoria have been racking up a fuss about breast milk as they introduced a bill in Youth Parliament that would force all Victorian hospitals to have donor centres. They say breast milk is a perk for sick or premature babies who need the nutrients when the mother isn’t able […]

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Drug Addicts Left in the Dark

July 14, 2016

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

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Students Speak up for Rural Concerns

July 1, 2016

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 […]

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Indigenous Students Stand up for Under-Representation in Victoria

July 1, 2016

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 […]

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Hobsons Bay Backs Healthy Body Image

June 30, 2016

By Maggy Liu “If I were a model, my acne scars will be edited away just like my confidence.” That was just one statement in Hue Man Dang’s speech when she sponsored the Regulating Image Alteration Bill in YMCA Youth Parliament today. She is part of the Hobsons Bay Youth Council team, alongside five other […]

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Show Us Your Breast Milk!

June 30, 2016

By Anthea Batsakis Victoria’s youth are keeping abreast of infant health as they unanimously passed a bill to make breast milk donations more accessible in Youth Parliament. The bill, spearheaded by students from Moonee Valley Council, was hotly debated as the refuting team said it needed more regulations to work. Mater Christ College refuting member […]

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Mental Health a Real Issue for Youth

June 30, 2016

Originally published in the Education Matters Magazine. By Netania Lim     Melbourne Girls College students taking part in this year’s YMCA Youth Parliament have argued for improving Victorian students’ education in mental health. The team of six Melbourne College students believe mental health deserves much greater prominence in the Victorian school curriculum and is […]

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