Three Port Lincoln Youths are set to represent the region in a program for young people that raises awareness around the dreams and concerns of SA’s youth.
Among the Eyre Peninsula representatives, Tyrene Gardiner, Lady Shania Richards and Dylan Cowley will join young people from across SA in the 2021 YMCA SA Youth Parliament.
The YMCA South Australia Youth Parliament provides a platform for young people aged 15 to 25 to voice their opinions on important issues, build skills such as confidence and debating, and increase their parliamentary understanding.
Participants undergo mentoring, a training weekend and a week-long camp, along with visits to Parliament House.
They also work together to develop their own draft bills and learn more about youth advocacy.
The Port Lincoln City Council have also financially contributed to supporting these young community member in making their way to the Youth Parliament with up to $500 each.
City of Port Lincoln Mayor Brad Flaherty said the event would give all three youth the opportunity to learn more about SA’s parliamentary system and voice issues affecting young people particularly in regional areas.
“Council recognises the importance of supporting our district’s youth to learn about our systems of government and to find ways to add their voices to discussion on matters that impact them.”
“We also understand that accessing these types of personal development and advocacy programs can be challenging for young people in the country, due to the additional costs associated with travel and accommodation. Council’s sponsorship will ease some of these financial pressures to ensure these two young leaders can take part.” said Flaherty.