Maddison Ramponi has returned from Youth Parliament with an increased awareness of politics, and her own individual ability to make a difference in people's lives.
The Murrumbidgee Regional High School student took part in YMCA Youth Parliament, selected from the Murray electorate out of hundreds of students from across NSW.
"It was absolutely amazing the atmosphere and the setting of chamber was so exciting, and to see the politicians chairing our debates and all the work we put in over the months we spent working on our bills - it was incredible," Maddison said.
Discussing the issues of children in foster carers within the family and community services opened her eyes to areas she hasn't considered before.
"I think through investigating the issue it’s really changed how I think about people - we need more people to support younger children, and I think working on a bill like that has helped myself and peers at the camp understand the significance... we all gained so much from the experience."
Being one of the first four school captains at Murrumbidgee Regional High School, being an active voice has always been her passion, and her time in parliament has helped cement her drive to initiate change.
"I have noticed a massive difference in my leadership, confidence and public speaking. I think its about getting out in the community and having a go - doing what you believe in. It’s such a big thing I encourage everyone to do."
She thanks principal Peter King and her mentors who helped her become an upcoming leader.
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