Georgiana Molloy Anglican School student Corey Weir had a taste of the political process when he participated in YMCA WA’s Youth Parliament Camp.
The annual camp aims to educate, empower and encourage young people to take an active role in their community by contributing the views and recommendations of changes they want to see at a state level.
The 59 participants were selected by an application form and survey to determine the most suitable candidates.
Corey said he was keen to be involved in the program after a previous youth parliamentarian told him it was a rewarding experience.
“It was a good opportunity to learn about the parliamentary processes,” he said.
“I hope that our voices will be heard and that the government will take into consideration our advice and opinions.”
Youth parliamentarians put together bills for issues that were important to them, including discussions about refocusing arts and culture in WA, schools and combating mental health issues.
On completion of the program, all bills were presented to the government and opposition for their review and consideration. The bills were also presented to the Governor of Western Australia and the WA Department of Communities.
YMCA WA chief executive Ross Kyrwood said the experience enabled participants to voice their opinions and inspire conversation with like-minded youth.
“It creates another opportunity for government and the community as whole to hear about the ideas and issues that are important to young people” he said.