Note from the editor: The YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament is a Queensland Studies Authority accredited education program for young Queenslanders. The QYP has been providing an apolitical environment where participants can engage with community issues as Youth Representatives of Parliament. We’ve been asking these local representatives electorates in the region to tell you a bit about themselves. The following is written by Anna Liang the QYP representative for the Chatsworth electorate.
Queensland Youth Parliament (QYP) is a program that I have always wished to participate in since I was young. I am thrilled to finally be a part of QYP as a representative of my electorate Chatsworth.
I am currently in year 10 at Somerville House. I enjoy being kept busy with my academic studies and co-curricular activities. I debate, play badminton and play piano and flute. Science and technology is also a passion of mine.
I am keen on creating positive change in any way, no matter how big or small, and especially through ways I am passionate about. Moreover, I enjoy trying new things, which is why I am also very excited to be a part of QYP for the first time.
Chatsworth is a busy electorate that is constantly developing and growing. Being environmentally driven, I see the heavy pollution of public parks and the catchment waterways, damage of ecosystems, availability of “green space” and maintaining and encouraging the street trees planting initiative started by the Brisbane City Council as important issues. Furthermore, other significant issues include the increase of local crime, road safety and traffic problems. Targeting these issues will benefit all people of our electorate. But to maintain a resilient and strong community, contribution from all members in some way, respect for each other and being open to change is required.
In the future, I hope to pursue a science career as a doctor or an engineer. I find that even if you are not considering a legal or parliamentary career, QYP is still an excellent program for equipping youths with necessary skills. As well as a parliamentary education and experience, QYP teaches youths how to stand up and speak out, respect the opinions of others in an apolitical environment, leadership skills and how we can give back to our community. I have found my self-confidence has already improved after the recent initial Forum camp. Most importantly, QYP shows us how youths’ voices matters, as youth today often do not realise their full potential to positively influence our society.
I am looking forward to continue my QYP journey this year and to also encourage other youths to stand up for what they believe in and to create change.