Youth Member wants to hear from YOU!

Imogen Waters, 2020 Youth Member of Parliament

Meet inspirational local, Imogen Waters, who at the young age of 21 has been selected be the a 2020 Youth Member of Parliament, representing the young people of Everton.

She is one of 93 young Queenslanders aged between 15 and 25 who have been selected from over 300 applicants to represent their communities in the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament (QYP) program.

For 25 years, QYP has been running to provide a unique environment for young people to engage with their community and be the voice of the youth in their electorate. Youth Members learn about governance and experience the parliamentary process first-hand, all while having their voice heard on issues important to them and making a change in their communities. The program provides a unique experience to develop skills in leadership, public speaking and confidence, as well as the opportunity to meet a diverse group of other like-minded youth and form lifelong friendships.

Youth Members have the opportunity to be part of a committee and work together to prepare a Bill to be debated in Parliament. In October, they will take over the Legislative Assembly Chamber of Queensland Parliament for a week and experience the parliamentary process: they present their Bills, debate on topical issues and give Private Member Statements on issues of their choice. 

Imogen is also a part of the Committee for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and helped to write a Bill that makes amendments to existing legislation with the objective of reducing Indigenous recidivism. Imogen is extremely excited for Residential Sitting Week in parliament, but in the mean time she is trying to be involved in her communities as much as possible. 

Imogen is reaching out to the local community and would love to know what you love about your community – whether that’s your electorate, suburb, school, sporting and community groups, or any other community.

‘I am honoured to be a voice for young people in our community and I am keen to talk about our community and hear a wide range of viewpoints on local and state issues. As such, I would love to hear from you!’ said Imogen.

‘I want to know what you think are some of the biggest issues in your community, and if you have any ideas to address them. If you want to know about the program and my role, please get in touch with me.’

If you would like to know more and stay up to date on the latest from this year’s Youth Members, search for YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament on Facebook or Instagram. Additionally, check out this link to read blog posts submitted by youth members and stay up to date on our activities during Residential Sitting Week: https://yourvoiceheardqyp.wordpress.com/

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Imogen. If you would like to chat, she can be contacted on everton@ymcaqyp.org.au. 

 

 

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