Speak your mind in a non-threatening atmosphere
Fight your fear of public speaking, or hone your debating skills. At Youth Parliament of Manitoba, all members are free to stand up and share their views on the legislation being debated. We like to encourage everyone to speak as much as possible but you can stand up and speak as many or as few times as you feel comfortable. One exception is that all new members must give a “Inaugural Speech,” a short speech on any topic of their choosing.
Meet young people from across the province
If you are reading this, then chances are you are a young person looking to become more engaged in politics or the community. There are many more engaged young people like you, and they come to Winter Session. Half of the fun of Winter Session is meeting all the amazing young people who decide to spend their winter break debating issues rather than lazing around. You will meet people you can relate to on a very deep level, and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.
Build your résumé
Attending Winter Session is only the first step. After attending your first Winter Session, you can apply for Cabinet, our volunteer organizing committee. Through their work planning and organizing session, members of Cabinet learn important skills that can be translated into many other areas. Participation in Cabinet is a great way of showing your engagement in the community while gaining skills that you can apply elsewhere.
Meet the leaders of our province
YPM is very fortunate to have the continued support of all three provincial political parties. Every year, each party sponsors a luncheon where members are given the opportunity to meet and ask questions of prominent Manitoba politicians such as Manitoba’s Premier or Leader of the Opposition.
Learn more about the parliamentary process
Do you have political ambitions? Or are you just interested in learning more about how government works? Whatever the case may be, YPM is a great opportunity to learn about the parliamentary process in an atmosphere of fun and collegiality.
Become a part of our storied history
YPM has a long and storied history. Some of the most prominent and influential members of our community were members of YPM. Join us and be a part of something great.
Most importantly, to have fun!
On top of everything mentioned above, Winter Session is a lot of fun! After a day debating legislation and meeting politicians, our members have a chance to unwind and hang out. You will find that you have a lot in common with your fellow Youth Parliamentarians. Countless long-lasting friendships will be formed hanging out, playing board games and talking after a day debating legislation.