National Indigenous Youth Parliament (NIYP) 2014 is a week-long leadership program for young Indigenous Australians, to be held in Canberra from 28 May to 3 June 2014.
NIYP will provide expert training in how government works, how laws are made, public speaking and dealing with the media. The centrepiece will be a two-day simulated parliament in the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, where participants will debate bills and issues of importance to their communities.
There are only 50 places in the Youth Parliament program. No specific skills are required, but participants will be chosen based on their community leadership activities, what they can bring to the event and the benefits they will take home.
For more information and to download an application pack go to National Indigenous Youth Parliament, or contact the AEC in NSW on (02) 9375 6303. Each application must include a letter supporting the applicant’s suitability for the program from a teacher, employer, coach, youth worker, family friend or equivalent. Applications must be received by Monday 10 March 2014.
This is a once-in-a-life time opportunity and young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply now. This positive and practical initiative will develop future Indigenous leaders who will be confident to take on important issues, address community challenges and promote reconciliation.