Youth Parliament of Manitoba (YPM) is one of the oldest model parliaments in the Commonwealth; having held sessions continuously since 1922. During the annual Winter Session (December 26 to 30), YPM sits at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
YPM is a nonprofit, non-partisan, and non-denominational corporation and registered charity.
Our organization is run according to our motto of “For Youth, By Youth.” The corporation’s 5-person Board of Directors (Parliamentary Executive) are all between the ages of 18 and 25 and are directly elected by and from the membership.
Members of YPM come from all corners of the province. All youth within our age limits (16-20) are eligible to become members. Applications are normally taken in the months leading up to one of our parliamentary sessions. YPM provides a unique forum to discuss generational issues in Manitoba, Canada and the world.
Our members go on to become leaders in their professional fields as well as their communities. The Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, Howard Pawley, Darren Praznik, Bill Blaikie, Nahlah Ayed, Bill Norrie and Patricia Chaychuk are among many influential former members of the Youth Parliament of Manitoba. The Hon. Reg Alcock has served as our Honorary President since spring 2009.
As a member, you will take part in stimulating debate on a broad range of issues relevant to youth. You will act as a member of parliament and it will be up to you to voice your opinions concerning the proposed legislation and develop amendments to improve them.
YPM is not only for students interested in politics or debating; it’s for all young people who would like to have a unique and exhilarating experience and meet other people your own age. Even if you know nothing about politics or the parliamentary process, you will still get to meet some of the most interesting young people in the province, and learn something about how your government works.
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