Youth politics camp

Article image - Youth politics camp Voters of the future talk politics at a three day camp.

Young people from across the Victoria’s northeast were invited earlier this year to learn how to influence change at the 2019 Youth Politics Camp.

The Youth Politics Camp, a collaboration between five local governments in northeast Victoria, was open to residents aged 14 – 21 years.

Alpine Shire Council Manager Economic and Community Development, Elaine Burridge, said participants were able to gain a broad understanding of the Australian political system and be involved in discussions about Indigenous politics, climate change and ethics.

“Key to the camp is young people taking home actions for how they can influence change in their local community and beyond.”

While the 2019 camp had a general focus on the environment, young people with an interest or passion in other issues were encouraged to join the camp and meet other likeminded young people from across the region.

The camp presented participants with the chance to meet some of the politicians who represent the electorate, as well as influential young leaders from around the country.

Burridge said the camp was a great opportunity for young people who are passionate about a cause to realise that they are not alone.  

“Young people often feel at a loss as to how they can influence change, and this camp gives young people three days of inspiring talks, empowering discussions, skills development and networking with other young people.

“We are currently negotiating to secure a Youth Politics Camp team to participate in Youth Parliament - this would mean that six young people from our region would attend the six day camp in June which culminates in debating a Bill in Victorian Parliament.”

The camp was heavily subsidised by participating councils and six positions were available per local government area.  

Myrtleford’s Selby Jenkins attended the 2018 camp.

“I learnt so much about myself and how I can impact my community.

“I was surprised about how quickly everyone bonded and how everyone acted like they’d known each other for years.”