Youth Canada

How to Get Involved in Youth Parliament

7-08-2008 by Philip Edgcumbe

How to Get Involved in Youth Parliament

Youth Parliaments are a must for students who want to meet other motivated peers and discuss important issues. As a Youth Parliament participant you will spend a week in your provincial capital in the provincial legislature debating and compromising with like-minded peers.

Youth Parliaments are very popular across Canada with provincial Youth Parliaments meeting annually in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. You will find below links to the various provincial Youth Parliament organizations. Click on the link to your provincial organization and you will learn more about the focus of your provincial organization and how you can get involved. Provincial organization may have different priorities. For example, in Quebec the student representatives strive to mirror the legislative assembly by debating and passing bills on provincial political topics. In contrast, the BC Youth Parliament meets annually in Victoria to debate world issues and also to organize fundraising for the next year to pay for initiative like Camp Phoenix which is a summer camp for under-privileged students.

The price to participate will vary from province to province. You will also discover that some provinces also offer regional Youth Parliaments.

PHILIP EDGCUMBE graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School as a National AP Scholar in 2006 and is now studying Engineering Physics at the University of British Columbia. Philip participated in Biotrek, Gene Researcher for a Week, and the Mini-Med program. His science project won a bronze medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair and placed 4th in the Sanofi-Aventis National competition. On November 6th, 2006 Philip spoke to 900 people at the BC Innovation Council Awards dinner about the importance of science fairs for students. Outside of science, Philip participated in the French for the Future National Youth Conference in Fredericton and the Vancouver Model United Nations. Philip is active in the community, volunteering at Keats Camp and coaching school basketball and soccer.

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