ALMOST 60 young people will advocate for policies that affect their generation in YMCA’s annual Youth Parliament camp next week.
The program, from July 8 to 13, aims to educate and empower young people to take an active role in their community by contributing the views and changes they want to see at a State level.
This year, 59 participants will work in groups to put together bills for issues pertinent to them, including refocusing arts and culture in WA, schools and combating youth mental health issues.
One bill will ask that personal mental health information be kept private to address concerns that the public can access information about someone attending sessions with a psychologist with a doctor’s referral through Medicare.
YMCA WA, with support from the Department of Communities, has been running Youth Parliament for 22 years and this month’s camp will be based at Point Walter Recreation Centre.
Participants will also spend three days – July 9, 10 and 12 – in Parliament House discussing their bills.
YMCA WA chief executive Ross Kyrwood said the participants would develop personal skills as well as learning to perform in professional environment.
“This experience enables the participants to voice their opinions and inspire conversation with like-minded youth,” he said.
“In addition it creates another opportunity for government and the community as whole to hear about the ideas and issues that are important to young people.”
On completion of the program, all bills are presented to the State Government and Opposition for consideration, as well as the Governor of WA and the Department of Communities.
“It is hugely empowering for our participants that their voices are heard long after their time in Parliament House,” YMCA WA mentoring manager Tim Galloway said.
“The outcomes of the young people’s bills are forwarded on to relevant ministers and community service organisations at the completion of the camp, creating an ongoing dialogue with young people at the centre.”
For information visit www.ymcawa.org.au.
2018 youth parliamentarians by name (suburb): electorate/portfolio
Amy-Jade Abbott-Robbins (Wannanup): Warnbro/Health, Mental Health and Disability Services
Robert Abrahams (Mount Pleasant): Rockingham/Health, Mental Health and Disability Services
Mikhail Acebo (Cannington): Cannington/Culture and the Arts
Sophia Bartlett (Palmyra): Fremantle/Health, Mental Health and Disability Services
Emma Bolton (Alfred Cove): West Swan/Health, Mental Health and Disability Services
Katherine Brennan (Glen Forrest): Kingsley/Health, Mental Health and Disability Services
Jessica Carbone (Crawley): Bunbury/Education and Training
Alex Cecchele (Eden Hill): Bassendean/Education and Training
Euan Gleeson-Brown (Gooseberry Hill): Maylands/Culture and the Arts
Amy Hearder (Gwelup): Joondalup/Education and Training
Catriona Jones (Ellenbrook): Midland/Education and Training
Julian Juhas (Mt Claremont): Willagee/Culture and the Arts
Yifei Li (Nedlands): Girrawheen/Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
Angela Lillyman (Melville): Bicton/Culture and the Arts
Matthew Lowry (Cannington): Baldivis/Education and Training
Isaiah Mckenna (Broome): Kimberley/Culture and the Arts
Olivia Mitchell (Bateman): Cockburn/Culture and the Arts
Cassidy Pemberton (Warwick): Balcatta/Health, Mental Health and Disability Services
Mohammad Hadi Rahimi (Seville Grove): Armadale/Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
David Seong (Aveley): Mirrabooka/Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
Adriana Sowah (Leederville): Perth/Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
Neve Staltari (Gooseberry Hill): Butler/Health, Mental Health and Disability Services
Dickson Wamukoya (Beckenham): Thornlie/Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
Corey Weir (Geographe): Collie-Preston/Education and Training
Savani Daluwatta (Shelley): Kwinana/Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
Bella Robertson (Como): Jandakot/Culture and the Arts
Talia O’Brien (Port Hedland): Morley/Education and Training
TaliaBensusan (Dianella): Mount Lawley/Youth Affairs
Mia Lily Brisbane (Attadale): Hillarys/Women’s Interests
Kiriill Butler (Bateman): Bateman/Police and Justice
Celestine Christo (Riverton): Riverton/Police and Justice
Rykiel Gibb (Wagin): Central Wheatbelt/Environment
Nicola Hames (Marangaroo): Kalamunda/Women’s Interests
Opeyemi Idris (Gosnells): Southern River/Youth Affairs
Kate Inglis-Hodge (Oakford): Darling Range/Youth Affairs
Emmanuelle Lamond (Victoria Park): Cottesloe/Youth Affairs
Orla Latawski (Attadale): Warren-Blackwood/Police and Justice
Melissa Lee (Murdoch): Dawesville/Environment
Rose Lockhart (Subiaco): Nedlands/Environment
Jeneba Macauley (Kewdale): Belmont/Youth Affairs
Ella Magookin (Ocean Reef): Burns Beach/Women’s Interests
Haeden Miles (Ballajura): Roe/Environment
Monty Pascoe (Kununurra): North West Central/Youth Affairs
Xavier Powers (Subiaco): Churchlands/Police and Justice
Tahlia Satti (Canning Vale): Forrestfield/Women’s Interests
Arujun Sithambaram (Leeming): Vasse/Environment
Rex Tion (Rockingham): Moore/Police and Justice
Rp van der Westhuizen (Mandurah): South Perth/Youth Affairs
Emma Winton (Nowergup): Wanneroo/Environment
Benjamin Wong (East Perth): Albany/Environment
Michael Gentle (Wandering): Kalgoorlie/Police and Justice
Claudia Civitella (Coolbinia): Geraldton/Women’s Interests