Winter Session is our flagship event. Youth from across Manitoba spend five days debating current issues in a model parliamentary setting. Winter Session is a unique opportunity to interact with other passionate young people, be exposed to a variety of viewpoints and perspectives, and meet current and former politicians from the Manitoba Legislature and the House of Commons.
Our event is five full days, including overnights. Overnight activities include team-building, speech-writing, relaxing, and participating in low-organized games.
Date: December 26–31
Location (debate): Manitoba Legislative Building
Location (overnight): Kelvin High School
Age range: 16–20
Improve your public speaking skills
Winter Session is a safe, encouraging environment to improve your public skills, whether you’re wanting to overcome a fear of public speaking or hone your debating skills. No prior knowledge in public speaking or politics is required – you can stand up and speak as many or as few times as you feel comfortable!
Build your skills and résumé
After attending your first Winter Session, you can apply to join our Cabinet. Through Cabinet, you can develop professional skills that you can apply in other areas of your life while helping run the organization. Volunteering with YPM is a great way to get involved and build your résumé for scholarships, jobs, and other applications.
Meet the leaders of our province
Every year, the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba, the New Democratic Party of Manitoba, and the Manitoba Liberal Party each sponsor a luncheon where members can meet and pose questions to the leaders of our province. You will also have the chance to gain insights from former MLAs and MPs during our “Bear Pit” panel, co-hosted with the Association of Former Manitoba MLAs.
Learn about the parliamentary process
Are you interested in learning more about how government and democracy works? Are you thinking about working in politics, whether as a staffer, policy analyst, elected official, or similar? Whatever the case may be, YPM is a great opportunity to learn about the parliamentary process in a fun and engaging atmosphere!
Become a part of our storied history
YPM has a long and storied history. Some of the most prominent leaders of our province and country were once members of YPM in their youth. Join us and be a part of something great!
Most importantly, to have fun!
Finally, Winter Session is a lot of fun! From Question Period silliness to rousing board game matches during the evening, you’ll leave Winter Session counting down the days until next year!