Teen to take on parliament 

THE next Ban Ki-moon or Kofi Annan may have been born and raised in Yenda, as local Aleescha Croxon prepares to take on the world of politics.

Aleescha will join the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament and has plans to one day work on human rights for the UN or Amnesty International.

As part of the committee investigating community and family services, Aleescha will brainstorm issues and solutions with like-minded young adults from across the state, with equal doses of passion for social justice.

"The program offers young people the chance to identify issues in the community and propose solutions to them by writing bills in committees and then debating them in parliament," Aleescha said.

"My friend did it last year and he told me it was really fun and you get to meet heaps of people from around the state.

"I'm just looking forward to meeting everyone and coming up with actual solution to various problems."

Once the youth parliamentarians pass a bill, their opinions and concerns will be heard by MPs in NSW Parliament in July.

The program's aim is to promote youth-led advocacy, active community leadership and legal and parliamentary reform.

The youth parliamentarians will follow the same processes as their adult counterparts and participate in question time, matters of public importance and private members business.

Aleescha said the vast majority of her colleagues in the community and family services committee were from the coast, so she was looking to pitching in with a rural perspective.

She will attend university in Wollongong next year where she will study a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of International Studies.


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