YOUTH PARLIAMENT: Nanango State High School student, Belinda Spencer representing the Nanango electorate at the Youth parliament week in Brisbane last year.
YOUTH PARLIAMENT: Nanango State High School student, Belinda Spencer representing the Nanango electorate at the Youth parliament week in Brisbane last year. Contributed

Parliament calls for aspiring young leaders

YOUNG South Burnett leaders are encouraged to nominate to represent the Nanango electorate at this year's YMCA Youth Parliament.

Youth minister Di Farmer encouraged aspiring leaders aged 15 to 25 to put their hands up for the program which gave them the opportunity to make their voices heard.

"This program is a fantastic opportunity for our young Queenslanders to learn leadership skills and speak about the issues they really care about," she said.

This will be the 24th year of Youth Parliament which has connected young people with their peers, their community, parliamentarians and helped them create networks to extend into their working life.

"Youth Parliament offers our best and brightest young minds the chance to speak passionately on the subjects that inspire them," Ms Farmer said.

"Importantly, the experience can provide participants with opportunities to build important life skills like public-speaking, decision-making, and teamwork."

The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament supports the Palaszczuk Government's priorities of creating more opportunities for young people to engage with the government.

"They will see how Parliament works first-hand and be given a platform there to have their voices heard," she said.

"It's always so meaningful to see our young representatives debate the issues, and for us to see what Bills get passed."

The Queensland Government provides the YMCA with more than $65,000 per annum in funding to run the program.

The Youth Parliament program will begin in Brisbane during Youth Week in April and run until October.

"Diversity in our Youth Parliament is just as important as in our Queensland Parliament, and I encourage all of our state's wonderful young people to have a go," Ms Farmer said.

"We especially want to see applications from young Queenslanders who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, as having a disability, or are culturally or linguistically diverse," Ms Farmer said.

Young people in Year 11 and 12 can receive on point towards their Queensland Certificate of Education after completing the program, as YMCA is accredited by the Queensland Studies Authority.

Nominations are open from today until Friday February 22.

To nominate visit the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament website.

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