Youth Parliament nominees sought

BCYP members spend time at the B.C. legislature in Victoria to debate issues of local, national and international importance.

The B.C. Youth Parliament (BCYP) is looking for 95 young men and women to visit Victoria this Christmas, debate important service projects for youth and put those plans in place in 2015.

Nominations of exceptional young people to take part will be accepted by the BCYP for the next three weeks, until Oct. 29.

“We’re looking for young people who want to learn more about our system of government, make lifelong friends and take part in projects that benefit our province’s youth,” Darya Ali, premier for the upcoming year of BCYP, said in a news release.

“We’re asking community leaders, elected officials and others to think about young people who’d be great members of this organization and make sure those youth are aware of this opportunity.”

The B.C. Youth Parliament is a non-partisan, non-demoninational, non-profit service organization.

It plans, fundraises for and puts in place service projects that help improve the lives of young people.

These include group community service events, partnerships with community service organizations, regional model parliaments and individual youth volunteer projects.

BCYP members spend time at the B.C. legislature in Victoria between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day every year to debate and vote on the organization’s proposed activities and issues of local, national and international importance. All members sit as independents, and are free to vote according to their conscience on the issues.

Interested youth must be between 16 and 21 years old; residents of B.C. for the past year; able to commit to a year’s worth of service; and interested in learning more about how the democratic system works.

For more information or an application, visit www.bcyp.org

 

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