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. In May 2010, YPM hosted the 14th biennial Western Canada Youth Parliament in Winnipeg. In late winter each year, YPM hosts Speaker’s Night, our premiere community gathering and fundraising gala.
What we are
YPM is a nonprofit, non-partisan, and non-denominational corporation and registered charity.
YPM provides a unique forum to discuss generational issues in Manitoba, Canada and the world.
Who we are
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.
The success of Youth Parliament of Manitoba is also contingent on our cabinet, who work tirelessly to ensure a great experience for all members. The cabinet consists of around 20 members named by the executive to fill various “ministries” in the government. Their duties include all aspects of running session from food preparation and photocopying through to public relations and drafting of the legislation to be debated.
Members of YPM come from all corners of the province. All youth within our age limits (16-20) are eligible to register as members. YPM does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, or financial status. Prospective members who require financial assistance are encouraged to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration for Winter Session begins in September.
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.
What we do
Our premiere event of the year is our Winter Session, which occurs every year from 26-30 December. Youth aged 16-20 come from across Manitoba spend five days debating in the beautiful Manitoba Legislative Building.
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.
Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Would you like more information? Contact us and we’ll get back to you right away!