GOOSEBERRY Hill’s Euan Gleeson-Brown (17) took part in a program this week to build stronger leadership skills and knowledge of the political process.
He was one of 59 participants in YMCA WA’s Youth Parliament program held at Point Walter Recreation Centre and Parliament House.
The program provided parliamentary experience and an opportunity to make new friends while growing a network of like-minded people who care about youth issues.
“I decided to apply for Youth Parliament because I saw an opportunity to give a voice to the young people of WA and to gain invaluable political experience that I will use for my future career as a politician,” Euan said.
He said the availability and security of jobs was a big challenge for WA youth.
“Finding a first job can be challenging for some people particularly if they haven’t had an opportunity to gain workplace experience,” he said.
“Assistance from government could really help alleviate some of this struggle and improve quality of life for all employed young people in WA.”
YMCA WA chief executive Ross Kyrwood said Youth Parliament reflected their belief in the power of inspired young people.
“This experience will allow young people to voice their opinions on issues that are important to them,” he said.
“Participants are supported by past participants who volunteer on the leadership taskforce team, YMCA WA staff and partner organisations for each bill they are presenting at Parliament.”
Bills presented before parliament included Foster Care Reform, Indigenous Business and Economic Participation, Public School Funding and Redistribution, Online Sexual Harassment and Cyber Security, The Plastic Bag Eradication, Youth Affordability and Employment, Social Equity Reform and Youth Mental Health De-Stigmatisation Bill 2017.
YMCA WA mentoring manager Tim Galloway said outcomes of the young people’s bills were sent on to relevant ministers and community service organisations.
“It is our hope that the outcomes of the young people’s bills are considered and acted upon by decision makers or the young people themselves after the completion of the program’s core activities,” he said.